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DMV’s Take On DWI And DUI In America

According to the DMV, the number one cause of traffic accidents and deaths on the roads is due to DWI and DUI. In some states like Texas, research has shown that roughly 2,000 people lose their lives as a result of accidents involving intoxicated drivers. Such statistics have demanded DMV to find ways of reducing or completely annihilating intoxicated driving. Over the years, a number of private organizations have risen to assist in this particular fight.

Research done by different companies came to a consensus in agreeing that the best way to do this is by placing a limit on the blood alcohol concentration that a driver is allowed to have when on the road. These findings have been helping legislatures come up with laws that are well detailed in handling DWI and DUI. The laws were passed all over the states with each setting its own limit for blood alcohol concentration. States that are strict with DUI laws like California and Texas set their maximum blood alcohol concentration at 0.08 percent. Other states may have lower or higher limits but the point is still the same in order to reduce cases of DWI and DUI. Anyone found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration level higher than what has been set by their state is liable to answer to charges of DUI.

DWI and DUI have been found to be particularly prevalent in young drivers. This is because of their young age, inexperienced driving and utter carelessness exercised by persons in this age group. For this reason, they are considered a high insurance risk and therefore have to pay high premiums for their auto insurance. Having a DWI or DUI conviction in your driving history has serious and far reaching effects. First of all, since it is a crime that is disregarded by the society, one may find it hard to get a job for as long as the DUI offense is still in their records.

This is because it is seen as a stupid avoidable offense that makes you look irresponsible and un-employable. Secondly, your driver’s license is suspended which means that you have to get a lift from others or opt for public transport. In order to determine a suspect’s blood alcohol level, police officers in the field use a breathalyzer. The device works by obtaining a breath sample from the driver in order to analyze the alcohol content in their blood. According to the law, one has the right to turn down the test but this will only make you look guilty in court plus your driver’s license will be immediately suspended.

The DMV has in recent years introduced the use of the ignition interlocking device. This device is usually prescribed for repeat offenders. It uses the same principle as a breathalyzer only that it stops you from driving your car if you are intoxicated to some extent. The device has recently been passed into the law and many states are using it to curb repeat DUI offenders. For more information on the DMV and DUIs, enter your Zip at the beginning of this page.