11 years after the invention of the first modern automobile was invented the first arrest for a DWI was made. As motorized vehicles arrived in the United States people quickly discovered the need for laws against driving while intoxicated.
The following are some important dates in the history of DWI laws:
- 1910 New York became the first state to instate a law against drivers drinking.
- 1936 Dr. Harger invented and patented the Drunkometer, a device used to determine an individual’s level of intoxication.
- 1938 0.15 became the first widely accepted legal blood alcohol concentration limit.
- 1953 Robert Borkenstein invented the Breathalyzer.
- 1984 The National Minimum Drinking Age Act raised the legal drinking age to 21.
- 1998 The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration changed to .08.
- 2000 Congress adopted .08 BAC as the national illegal limit for impaired driving.
- 2012 Alabama became the last state to pass and execute an ignition interlock law for those arrested and/or convicted of impaired driving.
Driving while intoxicated comes with serious consequences
DUI laws have evolved and changed quite a bit over the years, but one thing has remained the same. Drunk drivers stand to face serious legal consequences if caught behind the wheel. There are Zero Tolerance laws in many states that make it illegal for individuals under the legal drinking age to drive with any alcohol in their system.
For individuals who are over the legal drinking age, the consequences of being caught with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit are equally severe. There are laws across the nation that allow for the automatic suspension of a drunk driver’s license.
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If you find yourself facing a DUI, you need to find an experienced attorney to defend you! The immediate consequences of a DWI can be a hefty fine and possible jail time and such a charge can continue to impact your life with higher insurance rates, loss of driving privileges, and a criminal record, so contact DWI Springfield today!