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TX could adopt DWAI crime

Posted on October 20th, 2010 No Comments

Texas has recently seen a growth in supporters pushing to have the legal blood alcohol content limit  lowered.  Currently, in order to be arrested for drunk driving a driver’s BAC must be .08  percent or higher.

One proponent of the change is Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo who stated, “We have a glaring hole in our system where people that the law presumes to be under the influence, but their cases are being bargained down to non-DWI charges like blocking the roadway or reckless driving”.

The DWAI, or Driving While Ability Impaired, law would make it illegal for drivers to have a BAC between .05 and .07 percent.  This crime would be less than a DWI or DUI but a greater offense than other traffic charges.  Proponents believe that DWAI would allow offenders to face harsher punishment if they are caught driving with alcohol in their system again.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact the Houston drunk driving defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.