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driving under the influence

driv·ing under the influence
  1. :  the offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by drugs or especially alcohol —called also driving while intoxicated, drunk driving, drunken driving

Additional Notes on driving under the influence

Most states specify by statute a level of alcohol in the blood that creates a presumption that the person is under the influence of alcohol. The blood alcohol content is required to be .08 percent in most states.


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