driving while intoxicated


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Related to driving while intoxicated: Driving under the influence
Driving under the influence. The act of operating a moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other neuropharmacolic agents

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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It repealed the 1921 offence of driving while intoxicated, but retained the offence of driving while impaired by alcohol or a drug.
I did not humiliate myself at parties, did not get arrested for driving while intoxicated, did not jump into the Tidal Basin with a stripper or make love to my wife--or anyone else's wife--on the steps of Congress.
The signs are intended to remind people of the hazards of driving while intoxicated and ``hopefully to prevent them from doing so,'' Caltrans District 7 Chief Deputy District Director Douglas R.
The new facility, designed for inmates convicted of driving while intoxicated, is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 1995.
BORON - A truck driver is facing eight years in prison after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and causing a 1999 crash on Highway 58 that killed a Redlands family and a Nevada couple.
Bradley's problems began in December 1997 when he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated near his Ojai home.
She pleaded no contest to a charge of driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than .
Ritchie, 30, of Canoga Park was in custody in lieu of $1,500 bail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, while Klotz, 25, was being held on $500 bail for falsely reporting an emergency.
The events will focus on the hazards of driving while intoxicated or sleepy.
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