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What is a DUI / DWI?
What's the difference between "drunk driving" and a DUI?
What is driving under the influence?
What is a DUI offense?
How drunk do I have to be to be charged and convicted of a DUI?
What are the signs of a drink driver?
How do police officers determine if a driver is under the influence?
What are field sobriety tests?
What are blood alcohol tests?
Is there a national drunk driving standard?
What should I do if I'm stopped by the police?
What do police officers look for during a traffic stop?
Can I refuse to take a blood alcohol test?
Can I choose which chemical test to take?
Do I have the right to talk to an attorney?
Should I admit to drinking?
Does an officer have to read me my rights before asking me any questions?
What is "per se"?
Should I talk to a lawyer?
Successfully defending against a DUI charge?
What are my chances of plea bargaining for a lesser offense?
What are Miranda Rights?
What is implied consent?
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Levels
Probable cause
Can I get an independent blood test?
Repeat offenders
How much will it cost to fight a DUI / DWI?
Booked on DUI charges
Entering a Plea
Can I represent myself?
What are the chances of winning in court?
What evidence is typically presented?
What penalties do first time offenders face?
What penalties are handed down for repeat offenders?
Consequences of a DUI / DWI conviction
License Suspensions
DUI Treatment and Evaluation
What is ignition interlock?
Avoiding a DUI / DWI
 
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Is there a national drunk
 driving standard?

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Is there a national drunk driving standard?

In 1998 President Clinton called for the promotion of a national legal limit, under which it would be illegal per se to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, across the country, including on Federal property. President Clinton called on Congress to pass new impaired driving legislation that would apply the .08 BAC standard across the country. The President supported the “Safe and Sober Streets Act of 1997” sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg and Mike DeWine and Congresswoman Nita Lowey, which was passed by the Senate on March 4, 1998.


The blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08
became federal law in October 2000, requiring states to pass a .08 BAC per se law by October 1, 2003, or face the withholding of 2 percent of their federal highway construction funds.  States without the law by this date will lose an additional 2 percent of highway funds each year until 2006.  Passing the law before October 1, 2007 allows the return of withheld highway funds to those states that did not pass the law before October 1, 2003.  47 states and the District of Columbia have a .08 BAC per se law.

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