Drunk driving is associated with a variety of mental, physical, financial, and legal consequences; is a dangerous and often deadly practice that is one of the leading causes of death on roadways. Aside from the physical consequences of an accident, there are emotional and psychological consequences associated with the physical injuries drunk driving can inflict. Drunk driving is additionally an expense venture that will result in hefty legal fees, fines, medical bills, insurance bills, and car repair costs. Drunk drivers may receive a DUI or DWI, or more serious charges if another driver is injured or killed in the accident they cause.
Drinking impairs drivers by affecting their motor function, eyesight, and reaction time. Your motor function is impaired when drinking, which affects your coordination and makes you physically less able to maneuver your vehicle, brake, and change lanes. It also affects your vision by slowing your eye muscle function, altering your visual perception and your understanding of distance, and causing blurred vision. Being alert and having good vision are both imperative for safe driving, and impairment on these fronts can result in accidents, serious injuries, and even death.
Drunk driving is an umbrella term that signifies that someone has been drinking enough to cause impairment when driving. Legally, there are two charges that can be brought against a drunk driver depending on their level of impairment, a DWI or a DUI. A DWI means that the driver has been driving while intoxicated, meaning that they have a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher in most states. A DUI, on the other hand, means the driver has been driving under the influence, which may mean they have consumed alcohol but under the legal limit, or consumed some other drug. For more information, contact a Stevens Point DWI attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 today.