Violating driving laws is a problem that law enforcement faces all over the world.
If you are a new driver, you may have wondered why is a DWI a felony and how it can be avoided. Listed below is a full guide to avoiding the penalties of drunk driving.
DWI stands for ‘Driving While Intoxicated’. This is considered a crime in almost any country or state and can lead to hefty fines or even a jail term. When drivers have been consuming alcohol, it significantly impairs their judgment and motoring skills. This not only puts their life in danger, but also the lives of other motorists. Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly forbidden and there are stiff penalties for people who break this law.
What Constitutes as a DWI Offence?
If a law enforcement officer stops you, he may require you to take a quick breath test. If your intoxication level is over the legal limit, then it is considered a felony. In most countries, the intoxication limit is 8 alcohol grams for 100dc of blood.
Refusing to take the DWI test is the same as admitting guilt and you may still be charged with the offense.
Aside from the breath test, a law enforcement officer may also require you take a field sobriety test. This may include walking in a straight line, reciting part of the alphabet, standing on one foot, or other activities that require physical or mental coordination. If the driver does not pass the sobriety test, then they are asked to breath into the screening device.
If a driver does not pass the breathing test or field sobriety test, then he/she will likely be arrested and taken to the police station for further chemical test. A blood test or urine test is usually taken at the police station for further confirmation. If the driver does not pass these tests either, they will be held in jail until they are taken to court.
What Are the DWI Penalties?
Every country/state have different penalties for DWI violations. In most cases, multiple offenses will result in loss of license or restricted driving privileges. If it is your first offense, it will likely lead to a fine and a warning. Many countries also provide programs that convicted DWI drivers are required to participate in.
So How Much Alcohol Can I Consume and Still Avoid A DWI?
Several factors influence a person’s ability to pass the DWI test. The amount of food you eat while or before drinking can affect your blood intoxication level, along with your body weight. Even gender plays a role, since women have been more likely to failing the DWI test, even if they drink the same amount as a man. In the end, drivers can avoid DWI by exercising personal responsibility and knowing when to stop.