driving under the influence

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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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So far this year, 303 people have lost their lives, more than 40 of them as a result of drink-driving.
Wesley Llewellyn Mawson, 22, of Burnmoor Drive, Eaglescliffe, banned from driving for 16 months and fined pounds 100 with pounds 55 costs for drink-driving.
Inspector Greg Olphert of Roads Policing Unit, South Wales Police, said: "We are now halfway through the campaign and have already stopped and breath-tested 1,229 drivers and arrested 79 people at the roadside for drink-driving in South Wales.
Ministers have previously rejected random breath-testing, but it is understood that there was a change of heart when the results of the latest Christmas campaign against drink-driving were revealed.
"But hopefully the deaths will start to come down and that will be followed by a significant reduction in the number of arrests we have for drink-driving.
* December 24, 2003: Arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving. He was found to have 55mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
While the drink-driving trend was satisfactory, the RAC Foundation reported a six-fold increase in people driving with drugs in their systems in 10 years.
Of the 24 people who appeared before the courts for drink-driving offences, 19 provided a positive breath test following a serious injury collision.
He already faces a separate drink-driving charge dating back to February, which will be heard next month.
Brendan Higgins, 51, of Russet Drive, Hertfordshire, admitted his third drink-driving offence after he was pulled over on Beach Road, Tynemouth, on New Year's Eve.
She was banned from driving for 16 months and fined pounds 250, with pounds 60 court costs after admitting drink-driving.
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