We use acronyms everyday without every really knowing what they stand for. (For example, did you know that LASER: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation?) Which brings us to the subject we wanted to talk to you about today – drunk driving acronyms. Do you know what they mean, and which ones are relevant? Can you tell the difference between a DUI, an OWI and a BUI? No? Well, that’s what we wanted to break down for you today.
This is a question we get asked a lot. People call The Kronzek Firm, scared because they’ve been arrested for a DUI, and they’re worried about their futures. Are they going to have to go to jail? How much is this going to cost them in fines? How many points will they get on their license (will they even get to keep their license?) And how long is this DUI going to stay on their record if they get convicted. So we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but the answer to that is: for the rest of your life.
Welcome back and thanks for joining us again for this discussion about distracted driving in Michigan, and how the stats stack up against drunk driving. If you read our previous article, then you already know that distracted drivers cause way more car crashes than drunk drivers every year, and the numbers are only getting bigger. You’ll also know that while drunk driving gets a lot of bed press (not that we think it shouldn’t), distracted driving doesn’t get the same negative treatment in the public eye, which is a curious thing. So, while we wait for Governor Whitmer to fix the damn roads, here we are.
Drunk driving gets a really bad rap. And no, we’re not trying to say that it’s okay to drive drunk, or that it’s not that bad to get behind the wheel after a few too many. That’s not the case at all. It’s dangerous and far too many people have lost their lives to drunk driving over the years. So in that respect, DUI really does deserve a bad rap. The point we’re trying to make here is simply that there are a LOT of groups and organizations dedicated to combating drunk driving, but too little energy gets devoted to combatting other, equally dangerous driving actions, like distracted driving.
If you’ve lived in Michigan for any length of time, then you know that most holidays in the Great Lakes state are synonymous with both celebrations and DUI crackdowns. That’s right – whether it’s the 4th of July, Christmas, New Years, or St. Patty’s Day – the cops are going to be out looking for people who’re operating while intoxicated. (They look for folks not wearing their seat belts as well, but the biggest offenders are usually drunk drivers.)
Welcome back and thanks for joining us for the wrap up of this chat about Michigan’s drunk driving history. We’ve looked at a few interesting facts so far regarding to invention of the breathalyser (called a drunkometer when it was first created) and the fact that DUIs were once considered a ‘rite of passage’ for young men, and hardly penalized at all despite harsh laws. Moving on we’d like to look at a few more interesting historical DUI facts from the Great Lakes state.
People adapt to changes very quickly. Things become “normal” at an unbelievable rate, and we are often quick to forget how different things were in the not too distant past. Believe it or not, drunk driving laws are a very good example of this. Nowadays, ask someone about a DUI and many people will tell you it’s a serious crime. But it wasn’t that long ago when DUIs were treated as nothing more than “bad behavior” and received nothing more than a slap on the wrist. But that’s not all. There are several other interesting things in DUI history that you may not have known about.
Despite what MADD and other anti-drunk driving advocates may say, the leading cause of death in the United States is NOT drunk driving. It’s actually car crashes, and statistically about 40,000 deaths were expected by the end of 2018 as a result of them. It seems a staggering number, but when you consider the fact that there are 222 million licensed drivers on the road in the U.S. (most of them with phones in easy reach of the steering wheel) it’s a number that grows every year.
There was a time, many years ago, when drunk driving was viewed more as a nuisance than a crime. A time when people pulled over after having a few too many were warned by concerned officers to “be careful getting home” and punishment was rarely anything more than a slap on the wrist. But those days are long gone. Nowadays, if you’re pulled over in Michigan for operating while intoxicated, you’re looking at thousands in fines and fees, and perhaps months in jail, if not years in prison.
We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful day this Thanksgiving! As a firm we are very grateful for our clients and community.
Please remember, statistics show that there is a significant increase of drunk driving arrests and fatalities during the holidays.
Please be aware of yours, and your loved ones, safety this holiday season. Don’t drink and drive, and watch out for other drunk drivers while you’re traveling. And if you make a poor choice and need legal help, call us at 866 766 5245. We’re here 24/7, including holidays, to help you.
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