DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated and Drunk driving is considered the act of operating/driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in which both mental and motor skills are impaired.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 17,941 people died in they year 2006 in alcohol-related collisions, representing 40% of total traffic deaths in the United States.
New Jersey enacted the first law that criminalized the driving of an automobile while intoxicated, back in 1906
Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested (FBI)
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention:
- In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired automobile crashes, which accounted for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Of the 1,149 traffic fatalities among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2013, 200, which is 17%, involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Of the 200 child passengers aged 14 and younger who lost their lives in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the year 2013, over half (121) were riding in the vehicle with an alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or narcotics.
- Drugs other than alcohol (marijuana, cocaine, etc) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcoholic substances.
Laws can vary from state to state and when many people get a DWI they turn to a DWY Lawyer to help them out.
A DWI Lawyer works specifically in DWI law and specializes in helping the accused defend themselves in the court of law.
Steeper penalties are more likely for repeat offenders and often times a drivers license can be either suspended or revoked (sometimes permanently)
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