Driving Under the Influence

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Josh Findley

Health and Wellness 1


DUI Paper

When we look at the topic of DUI some may not know all the facts there are to be said. Driving under the influence can change not only your life, but others' lives around you. According to the CDC, every day almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver. That's one death every 50 minutes, which accounts for 31% of all crashes.

There are several things I am going to talk about, but let's first start with implied consent. Implied consent is an assumption of permission to do something that is inferred from an individual's actions rather than explicitly provided. For example, drivers are assumed to consent to blood alcohol testing. The inference is that the driver understands that driving under the influence is illegal and that they may be subject to testing or if in court and an individual fails to object to a line of questioning with a reasonable time span implied consent is assumed and they will not be able to object to it in the future.

Next, I'm going to throw around the idea of open container. Open container is when you drive with an alcoholic beverage in the car that has been opened even if none has been consumed. The maximum fine for an open container offense is $250, but if you are a driver or even a passenger under 21 and caught violating this law, you face a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. So you need to be smart and think twice before doing something you could regret.

The next thing I'm going to talk about is what happens when you refuse to submit or fail...