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Drunk Driving Laws Drunk Driving Laws Drinking alcohol before driving is a dangerous risk unfortunately taken by many people Alcohol greatly decreases the drivers ability to see clearly it distorts distances and speed it slows reflexes and reaction time and it makes the driver less alert and in general of poorer judgement In order to deal with all the incidents of drunk driving New York State has established a number of laws and penalties against driving intoxicated Your drunkenness is determined by the BAC Blood Alcohol Content The drivers Bac depends on three things 1 how much alcohol you drink 2 how much time passes between drinks and 3 your weight It does not depend on what type of alcohol you drink or how well you handle alcohol Your BAC is usually determined by a test known as the breathalyzer If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test upon arrest your license will be suspended when you are arraigned in court There are two types of violations associated with drunk driving DWI driving while intoxicated and the lesser known DWAI driving while ability impaired You are charged with DWAI if your BAC is 05 through 09 and DWI is charged when your BAC is 10 or higher Most people are arrested for DWI on average with a BAC of 20 Consequences Violation Fine Max Jail Term Liscense Status DWI 300-500 1 year Revoked 6 mo 2nd 10 yrs least 500 4 years Revoked 1 yr DWAI 250-350 15 days Suspended 90 days 2nd 5 yrs 350-500 30 days Revoked 6 mo 3rd 10 yrs 500-1500 90 days Revoked 6 mo Injury Death 7000 and 7 years if convicted of vehicular manslaughter 2 DWI w injury permanent revocation Law suits and legal fees
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