The full form of DUI is driving under influence. The DUI charge has serious consequences. In every state, driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug is a grave offence. A person may be arrested under a DUI charge for the following reasons:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI): If the driver is under the influence of a drug/ alcohol which he had taken shortly before starting to drive. Its effects may be dangerous. The driver may cause road mishaps and even deaths. To avoid these, do not drive when you are intoxicated with alcohol or any other drug.
- Drinking and driving: (Taking alcohol/ drug while driving). This is especially dangerous. The level of toxicity cannot be determined. The person becomes unconscious while driving or loses control over himself. This may be damaging for him and the people in the highway. But it is especially dangerous in narrow roads and lanes.
DUI Charge and consequence: In most states, a person driving under the influence of alcohol, in which he has not control over his mental self, is made to pay a heavy fine. In some states, he/ she may be sent directly into prison. There are specific legal terms defining the offender, they are the following:
i) Operating while intoxicated (OWI)
ii) Driving under the combined influence of alcohol and/or other drugs
iii) Driving under the influence per se or drunk in charge
iv) Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OMVI)
v) Driving under the influence [of alcohol or other drugs] (DUI)
In each of these two cases, the motor sense as well as metal balance of the driver is impaired. In legal terms, driving under the influence of alcohol is called Buzz Driving. Buzz Driving happens mainly due to the consumption of alcohol.
Alcohol influence: Driving under the influence of excess alcohol may endanger life. It is injurious to the driver himself, as well as others. Excessive alcohol consumption may lead to intoxication, followed by dizziness and loss of self control. A driver without self control is like a ship without a rudder. He may lose control over the steering or brake.
The newspaper is flooded with cases of road mishaps. Street children, homeless people and slum dwellers are the worst affected. Colliding with trees, buildings etc may cause car accidents which can take the life of the driver. Considering all these points, driving under the influence of alcohol is regarded as a serious crime by most states.
In Canada, DUI laws apply to boating and cycling as well.