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driving under the influence (DUI)

n. commonly called "drunk driving," it refers to operating a motor vehicle while one's blood alcohol content is above the legal limit set by statute, which supposedly is the level at which a person cannot drive safely. State statutes vary as to what that level is, but it ranges from .08 to .10. Driving on private property such as a parking lot is no defense, but sitting in a non-moving vehicle without the ignition on probably is (sometimes resulting in a charge of "drunk in and about a vehicle"). This is a misdemeanor and is variously referred to as DUI, driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunk driving, or a "deuce".

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Rhys David Bevan, 18, of Laburnum Road, Redcar, banned from driving for 16 months and fined pounds 115 with pounds 60 costs for drink-driving.
Lyndsey Joanne Carter, 22, of Leyburn Road, Darlington, banned from driving for two years and fined pounds 150 with pounds 50 costs for drink-driving.
Kevin McCormick, 60, of Foxrush Close, Redcar, banned from driving for 24 months and fined pounds 200 with pounds 60 costs for drink-driving.
Steven Clark, 30, of Frome Road, Stockton, banned from driving for 18 months and fined pounds 100 for drink-driving.
Natalie Hornby, 34, of Farndale Road, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, banned from driving for 15 months and fined pounds 100 for drink-driving.
Christopher Mark Watts, 23, of Liverton Crescent, Billingham, was banned from driving for 16 months and fined pounds 250 with pounds 70 costs for drink-driving.
Jane Corkain, 28, of Greville Way, Newton Aycliffe, was banned from driving for a year and fined pounds 250 with pounds 45 costs, for drink-driving.
Kevin Phoenix, 34, of Trantor Road, Middlesbrough, banned from driving for 18 months and fined pounds 150 for drink-driving.
ON the 50th anniversary of the first public information film about drink-driving, motoring organisation the AA published research showing that women are kicking the drink-driving habit more slowly than men.
The figures showed that the worst English region for underage drink-driving in this period was Greater Manchester where 409 under 18s were arrested.
Grant, of Bellister Grove, Fenham, Newcastle, who already had previous convictions for drink-driving, was racing along the A75 Gretna to Stranraer country road at speeds of up to 86mph when he hit the kerb.
5%, from 6,630 to 6,730; the total number of casualties involving drink-driving rose by 3%, from 9,700 in 2010 to 9,990 in 2011; the rise in drink-drive casualties follows a drop in 2010, when drinkdrive fatalities were at their lowest in thirty years.