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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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1 -- 2 -- color) At right, firefighters check on the victims of a pretend drunk-driving crash; below, students portraying crash victims watch the demonstration along with teachers and other students.
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I don't know what (the Auto Club) used in their study, but our area shows that drunk-driving arrests, injuries and fatalities are pretty steady throughout the year,'' said CHP Officer Wendy Hahn of the Newhall station.
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Los Angeles Police Department divisions across the city have the deuce units, which are named after the former California vehicle code for a drunk-driving offense, 502.
Then you're just another body lying in a plastic bed,'' wrote one attendee of the drunk-driving program conducted by the Coroner's Office, which served as a model for the new program.
The conclusion of a two-day Every 15 Minutes anti-drunk-driving campaign, the assembly ended with tears from administrators, parents and students as teens who ``died'' in a mock drunk-driving crash read letters to family and friends apologizing for dying and leaving everyone behind.
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