Every five minutes in the United States, someone dies in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident. Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk-driving crash. On average, 2 out of 3 people will be involved in a car crash involving alcohol in their lifetime. Anything that can help reduce these statistics would be welcome.
Nearly 10,000 people in the United States were killed in alcohol-related driving accidents in 2014. And these deaths accounted for 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. that year. Despite the devastating consequences, drinking and driving continues to be a serious problem.
Law enforcement may request field sobriety testing during a traffic stop if they suspect a driver of being under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). What tests can police ask for, and what are drivers' rights surrounding them? Keep this information in mind as you get behind the wheel.
Arrests and convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) -- even when no one is hurt -- can be costly, time-consuming and life-changing. It's important for you to know when you've reached the legal intoxication limit even when you don't feel drunk. And it can be even more important if you are a woman, because you can often reach those limits faster than your male counterparts.