drive under the influence

idiom

US
: to drive while drunk
He was arrested for driving under the influence.

Examples of drive under the influence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the average drunk driver will drive under the influence 80 times before their first arrest. Dallas News, 4 May 2022 Now experts are worried the coronavirus has made U.S. drivers more likely to speed, more likely to drive under the influence, more likely to drive without wearing seatbelts, and more likely to be reckless in general. Karen Kaplan Science and Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 Officers have been directed to no longer engage in traffic stops for low-level violations and to instead focus on poor drivers -- those who speed and drive under the influence, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a press conference Monday. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 23 June 2021 Most people who drive under the influence get home safely. Star Tribune, 3 Aug. 2020

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“Drive under the influence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drive%20under%20the%20influence. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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