Drunk driving has been a problem for decades, probably ever since the Model T was around in the early 1900’s before prohibition. New York is credited with the first laws of operating a motor vehicle under the influence back in 1910 although the field sobriety tests were the only way that they could tell until a doctor made strides in creating an apparatus that could give more information. A Drunkometer was patented back in 1936 which was a device that looked like a balloon that someone would breath into to show whether they were intoxicated or not.
The Breathalyzer that is used today is was developed in 1953 by a former police officer who collaborated with the doctor who invented the Drunkometer and forever changed the way that people under the influence of drugs or alcohol are tested. Using the Breathalyzer became a practical device that uses scientific data to prove if a person is sober enough to operate a moving vehicle. By breathing into the Breathalyzer, the proportion of a person’s alcohol vapors with the exhaled breath can give an accurate percentage of someone’s blood alcohol content (BAC).
Once someone that is drinking or using has been pulled over, alcohol can be detected immediately while the amount of drugs that is in a person’s system would be hard to detect without a blood test. If a police officer believes that someone is under the influence, they may be arrested under the suspicion of drug abuse without the consent of a doctor’s prescription. Some states use DUI or DWI while there are other states that use DUID – driving under the influence of drugs.
Driving under the influence of drugs is illegal in every state, but they all have different approaches with per se and impairment laws. Per se laws mean that all authorities have to do is prove that the person in question has a prohibited amount of a mind-altering substance in their body to arrest them. With an impairment law, proof that the driver was considerably impaired is enough to get arrested on suspicion of driving drugged or drink.
Someone should really think about getting in a car to drive when they are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Not only can they be taken to jail if they get caught, they can also cause a fatality. Every day there is an average of 29 people that die from drunk driving which causes an annual total cost of $44 billion dollars. The consequences of DUID, however, are much more substantial than any dollar amount could amount to. Don’t drink and drive.
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