You were driving home from an important office dinner when you saw flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You knew it was an officer trying to pull you over; you'd crossed the center line when you looked away from the road for a moment. You quickly corrected yourself, but it was clear even to you that you'd made an error that could make the officer question your ability to drive safely.
When a driver enters the highway from the wrong direction, it puts him or her, along with anyone else on the roads, in danger. It's more likely that a head-on crash could take place, which could lead to serious injuries or deaths.
When you think of a DUI, you probably imagine someone driving a car or truck while intoxicated. Interestingly, you can get a DUI even if you're on a boat. A boat is a motor vehicle by law, and that means that if you're intoxicated while boating, you're at risk of a DUI, also known as a BUI.
It may come as no surprise, but the Super Bowl results in one of the drunkest days in America. People get together to watch the game, but that often is accompanied by tailgate parties and heavy drinking at bars and at home.
If you love to drink, one of your major questions could be when your body begins to recognize alcohol in your system. For example, if you drink a glass of wine, will your body register that wine in five minutes, ten minutes or longer? How long do you have to wait to get a true feel for how intoxicated you've become?
If you're under the age of 21, you fall under the absolute sobriety law. You can be fined $200 and earn 4 demerit points for having any alcohol in your system at the time of a traffic stop.
When you think of drunk driving, you probably think about getting behind the wheel of a truck or car. You can get in trouble for driving any vehicle, though, even things like all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or off-road vehicles. In most states, it's illegal to get behind the wheel of any motor vehicle while intoxicated.
You want to go out for a night on the town, but you know you can't drive home. It's too far to bike, but you do have a horse. Can you ride your horse into town and back home without the risk of a DUI?
There are many reasons why you shouldn't head out on your bicycle or skateboard while your intoxicated, but you'll be glad to know that an OUI isn't one of them. While riding a bike or skateboard is still technically riding a vehicle, it's legal in Wisconsin to ride a bike or skateboard while intoxicated.
Breathalyzers can have false results, which is why you can question a result's legitimacy in court. There are dozens of reasons why a breath test could be inaccurate. One reason that you need to know about is if you have acetone in your breath. Acetone exists in most people's breath, but in some, it can be high enough to set off the breath test and cause a false reading. Diabetics are more likely to have this issue, since their breath may have acetone in it if they are hypoglycemic.