Drunk driving terminology by state

Jon Bryant Artz DUI and Criminal Attorney, Lecturer and Editorial Consultant
Drunk driving terminology by state

There are many different terms used by the various states for a charge of driving drunk. A DUI means driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while DWI means driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence.  The following are the official terms used by the various states.

There are many different terms used by the various states for a charge of driving drunk. A DUI means driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while DWI means driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence.  The following are the official terms used by the various states.

The states that use Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The states that use DWI are:
Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina.

The States that use Operating Under the Influence (OUI) are:
Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

The states that use Operating while Intoxicated/Impaired (OMVI) are:
Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin

The state that uses Operating a Vehicle while Impaired (OVI) is:
Ohio

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Jon Bryant ArtzDUI and Criminal Attorney, Lecturer and Editorial Consultant

Mr. Artz has successfully defended in excess of 3000 DUI cases. He has tried to a jury more than 300 trials. He is also an editorial consultant for “California Drunk Driving Law”, a 2 volume treatise on DUI. He received his B.S. degree in ec...

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