There are many acronyms to describe driving a motorized vehicle under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance. These acronyms include “DUI”, which stands for “driving under the influence”, “DWI”, which means driving while intoxicated”, and “OWI”, which means “operating while intoxicated.” The important thing to know about these three acronyms is that they all represent the same criminal charge: operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This includes wine, beer, liquor, street drugs, and controlled drugs like prescription medication.
If you are currently facing criminal charges for drunk or intoxicated driving, it is critical to hire a private defense attorney who can protect your rights and preserve your freedoms. In the meantime, it is also wise to educate yourself about OWI’s and subsequent charges to better understand the penalties you may face. So continue reading to learn the top 3 misconceptions about OWI’s and OWI charges.
(#3) Fifty Percent of Road Fatalities are a Result of Drunk Driving
This statistic is well and wide-spread, but it is simply inaccurate. In fact, it is a bit embellished. The reality is that 40 to 50% of highway fatalities are “alcohol-related”, but this does not mean that all 40-50% are drunk driving related. This statistic also includes pedestrians and passengers who may have had alcohol in their system. It is also inaccurate because these statistics include those with nominal amounts of alcohol in their systems, meaning only a drink or two, which does not necessarily make every person intoxicated. A more accurate representation of drunk driving fatalities lies more around ten percent.