Driving while drinking or being drunk is a life-threatening act by an individual. An individual indulging in drunk driving can be impaired mentally or physically. A family may loose its bread-winner due to a drunken driving accident. It is against the laws in almost all the legal authorities within the U.S. It is the responsibility of each individual to respect and follow the laws and rules formed by the government. In return, the U.S. law commits its citizens to protect them against any injustice done to them by anyone.
The action of drunk driving is termed as a Criminal Offence. It I also termed as driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence of drug (DUI). These laws are also applicable to those piloting aircraft or boating.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a data which shows that 17,419 people lost their lives in 2002 in alcohol-related accidents. A major percentage of total traffic deaths in the United States is of those who are victims of these accidents. The percentage of such accidents is increasing day by day. In the U.S., nearly five lakh people were injured badly in alcohal-related accidents. Alcohol-related accidents are those accidents where the driver, passenger or pedestrian involved has any sign of alcohol usage. NHTSA says that there is no other country like the U.S. that uses such criteria in their statistical computations.