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NCJ Number: 120401 Find in a Library
Title: Driving While Alcohol Impaired: a Preliminary Exploration of the Issues and Possible Approaches
Author(s): P Brady
Corporate Author: Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency:
Baltimore, MD 21279
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Sale Source: Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council
P.O. Box 3817
University Station
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A driver whose driving ability is visibly impaired by alcohol but does not have a BAC of 0.10 percent will be unlikely to be arrested under current Virginia law.
Abstract: With a "Driving While Alcohol Impaired" (DWAI) statute, law enforcement personnel could detain those drivers whose ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by alcohol at BAC levels below 0.10 percent. The author reviews the scientific evidence of the effect of alcohol on driving ability at low BAC levels. DWAI statutes from eight States and the District of Columbia are examined with discussion of the placement of DWAI as a lesser offense of "Driving Under the Influence" (DUI), DWAI as a separate offense applying only to drivers under 21, and DWAI as a separate offense for all drivers, as well as the lowering of the BAC level for DUI. 16 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Index Term(s): Alcohol consumption analysis; Field sobriety tests; Sobriety checkpoints; Virginia
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