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Drunk Driving – A Crime in All 50 States

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identifies drunk-driving as one of the major causes of car accidents in the United States. It is primarily due to this that all of the nation’s 50 states have ruled it as a crime to drive while intoxicated, more specifically, to drive with a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Though punishment may vary from one state to another, these are nonetheless harsh to discourage anyone from violating the law. Austin DWI attorney Ian Inglis states in an article posted in their website that driving under the influence of intoxicants is considered a crime and is punishable by suspension of license and driving privileges, probation and fines.

The punishments imposed on those convicted of DUI or DWI in state of Rhode Island are not less harsh either. DWI attorneys at The Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc. state on their website that a conviction can result in community service, imprisonment, fines plus “the the installation of an ignition interlock device” (a device that is capable of analyzing a driver’s breath; it automatically disables the ignition upon detection of alcohol) inside the offender’s vehicle.

An ignition interlock is a device that is required in 45 states; these states allow certain offenders to continue driving, but only if the device has been installed in their vehicle. Individuals caught with a 0.08% or higher BAC level can be convicted of DWI – driving while intoxicated / DUI – driving under the influence / OVI – operating a vehicle under the influence / OWI – operating while impaired (term/s used to refer to the crime depends on which state you are convicted). Making matters worse for the apprehended driver, confiscation of his/her driver’s license when he/she fails (or refuses to undergo) a chemical test is allowed in many states through a procedure called the administrative license suspension.