The actions of 64-year-old Paul Rivas were monstrous, he drove his Honda SUV 1.5 miles on the roads of southeast Portland and tried to run over as many people as possible.
"He hit the cyclist head-on and accelerated even more."
Do you have to be "drunk" to be guilty of drunk driving?
A: No. Years ago, a drunk driving charge meant someone was "drunk" in the way all of us commonly understand the word - intoxicated. But today, intoxication as we know it is not required for one to be guilty of drunk driving. During the last ten years public outcry against the toll of injury and death which drinking drivers inflict has changed the laws against drunk driving radically and made them much more severe. So the criminal laws against drinking and driving now mean operating a vehicle with considerably less alcohol in your system than what we customarily recognize as being enough to make a person drunk.
A 20-year-old man is under arrest after police said his drunk driving caused the deadly accident that claimed Bryce King and Abigail Scheibelhut’s lives in early December.
King, an assistant football coach at Cascade High School in Clayton, was 23 years old. Scheibelhut was 26.
A 40-year-old veteran of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has been charged with driving under the influence for a misdemeanor. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Michael Aranda, the 62-year-old head of the department, was arrested on the night of June 12 on Highway 14 on suspicion of driving a county-issued car while intoxicated and off duty.
The Number Of Arrests For Drunk Driving In South Bay Increased By 20 Percent During The Holiday Season
The suppression of accidents in South Bay has led to an increase in the number of arrests for accidents by 20 percent, according to Mercury News. There were 716 arrests of drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs; in the period from December 14 to January 1, this figure increased to 859. The California Highway Patrol's holiday crackdown has resulted in a large number of officers on the roads, with 80 percent of patrol officers deployed along with "roving DUI units" designed to track potential DUIs.
Blood Alcohol Level / DUI/DWI BAC
Drinking and driving is commonly referred to as DUI, but another common term used is DWI. Both terms refer to a serious criminal offense. There typically isn't a legal difference between the two terms, and they are usually based on how your state decides to refer to drinking and driving. However, some states do differentiate between the two terms, with one being a lesser charge.
Drinking and driving is a criminal offense that all states take seriously. Driving under the influence is commonly referred to by states as DUI or DWI. There are a variety of other acronyms state may use to describe DUI, such as:
DUII - driving under the influence of intoxicants
DUIL - driving under the influence of liquor
DWAI - driving while ability impaired
DWUI - driving while under the influence
OUI - operating under the influence
OUIL - operating under the influence of liquor
OVI - operating a vehicle while intoxicated
OWI - operating while intoxicated, operating while impaired
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