OWI or operating while under the influence is a common drunken driving term used in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. Other states commonly use terms such as DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated).
It is illegal in each of these states to drive or operate any type of motorized vehicle including cars, trucks, planes and recreational vehicles such as tractors, jet-skis and boats. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime. Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan have all implemented serious penalties for OWI including fines, suspension of a drivers' license, community service, installation of an Ignition Interlock Device and jail time. The penalties and fines become more severe for each additional OWI arrest, especially if an accident or death occurs.
To prosecute a driver for OWI the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was operating a motor vehicle, the driver was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and the driver's ability to operate the vehicle was impaired. Drivers can also be convicted for OWI if there is evidence the driver's BAC or blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher. Underage drivers may be charged with OWI with a blood alcohol concentration of less than 0.08%.
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KVVU Fox 5 in Las Vegas reported this week that Paul Michael Weddle stole a plane, took off from Boulder City Municipal Airport in Nevada on Sunday evening and flew the plane drunk. A crime that is rare in this area.