How to Avoid a DUI or DWI

While it may seem obvious how avoid a DUI (driving under the influence) or a DWI (driving while intoxicated), or any other alcohol or drug related moving violation, there may be some factors that you could be overlooking. For instance, if you are pulled over for any type of moving violation from failing to fully yield at a stop sign to reckless driving, and

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traces of a substance are detected in your toxicology report, then you could be cited for a DUI or DWI. What you may not know is that you can be cited for a DUI or DWI for having any substance in your system, regardless of what the substance is or what type of vehicle you are maneuvering.

DUI's and DWI's are citations given to those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most people, however, fail to consider that the use of the word 'drugs' is not specific to an illegal narcotic. Drugs can refer to any substance that has a physiological effect when ingested even if the substance is legal and taken for medicinal purposes. If, for example, you have been prescribed medicinal marijuana, which is legally accepted as a form of medication in twenty states, and you are pulled over for a driving violation, then you can still be cited for a DUI or DWI if you are found with a substance in your system. Similarly, if you are under the influence of a prescribed prescriptive narcotic while operating a moving vehicle, you can be cited for a DUI or DWI.

A DUI or DWI can be Issued even if you weren't Driving a Car

It is also important to keep in mind that laws regarding operating a moving vehicle may also pertain to vehicles other than a car. If under the influence, you can receive a citation for operating a motorcycle, bicycle, boat, aircraft, farm equipment such as a tractor, or even for horseback ridding. While the name of the citation may vary, you should be advised that the fees and consequences of any citation for being under the influence while operating a vehicle or heavy machinery could be detrimental to your driving record and criminal record.

If you are unsure how long you should wait to drive or operate a moving vehicle after you have taken prescriptive medication, then contact your doctor or local pharmacist. You also have the option to purchase an at home breathalyzer which can help you to detect your toxicity level before you ever operate a vehicle of any kind.

If you have been convicted of a DUI or drug charge, read our page on how to expunge a drug charge