DWI


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Driving under the influence. The act of operating a moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other neuropharmacolic agents

DWI

Driving while intoxicated, see there.

driving while intoxicated

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DWI

A crime defined as the operation of a motor vehicle after the use of any substance, including alcohol or illicit drugs, that may impair one's judgment, cognition, coordination, reflexes, or ability to react appropriately in traffic. Most states rely on a standard test that includes both observable impairment in motor function, speech, and balance and an elevated blood alcohol level or a positive screening test for other intoxicants. Also called driving under the influence.
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In Monroe County, New York, second-time DWI cases (which are considered felonies) overwhelmed the criminal justice system to such an extent that in 1980 the prosecutor implemented a pretrial diversion system, which has been in operation since that time (Fields 1994).
The National Center for DWI Courts is the only organization committed to the implementation and support of DWI Courts, the most successful criminal justice response to hardcore drunk driving.
The damage is felt almost immediately, because in Arkansas, a DWI arrest results in a sixth-month suspension of an offender's driver's license.
More than 2,000 DWI defendants have completed the program since August 2009, Palmer says.
Two of the titles, DWI Journal and New Jersey Education Law Week, are written by longtime contract editors, and I write the other three myself, Kane's Beverage Week, The Soft Drink Letter, and Service Dealers Newsletter--a weekly, a biweekly, and a monthly.
Of 63 water samples taken by the DWI in the area, five were microbiologically unsound and 13 exceeded prescribed levels of either iron, manganese or turpidity.
She added that DWI and the industry had identified areas where further effort was going to be needed to improve drinking water quality between 2005 and 2010.
Dr Peter Marsden, DWI inspector for the North East, said: "I am pleased that the number of tests failing to meet the standards has decreased again this year in our region.
Enhanced penalties for DWI offenders arrested with a BAC level of 0.
But the fact that Backman's involvement in the domestic dispute was a violation of the terms of his probation that came out of his 1999 DWI plea meant he would likely do prison time (he served a week in early January).