What’s the difference between drunk driving vs drink driving? Is there one? Will you get in more trouble for drunk driving than drink driving, or vice versa?
Let’s look at the difference between drunk driving and drink driving, and find out!
What is Drunk Driving?
Most of our readers come from the United States. But no matter where you live, the definition of drunk driving is pretty simple: it’s driving while you’re under the influence of alcohol.
Every day, about 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-related car crashes, claiming around 10,000 lives each year. It’s a serious offense, and can lead to some serious jail time.
When you get pulled for drunk driving, the officer will likely ask you to take a breath test, also known as a breathalyzer. (Get it? It analyzes your breath?) This little machine will measure the amount of alcohol in your system.
The result? A little number called a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC. All states now have the same legal BAC limit. No matter where you’re pulled, a BAC of .08% is considered drunk driving. For commercial drivers, that number can only be .04%.
However, there are states which have different levels of drunk driving. For instance, according to The Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC, Maryland has determined that a BAC of .08% will likely result in a DUI, whereas .07% or below may result in a DWI, which is a slightly less severe crime.
What is Drink Driving?
So what’s the difference between drunk driving vs drink driving? Nothing, really.
If you’re not from the United States, you may hear drunk driving referred to as drink driving. For instance, you may hear someone in Europe say that they’ve lost their driver license because they were drink driving.
There’s no difference between drunk driving vs drink driving except geography. The UK and Australia are most likely to refer to driving under the influence of alcohol as drink driving. The United States and Canada will most likely refer to it as drunk driving, whether you’re technically “drunk” or not.
Drunk Driving vs Drink Driving
Of course, we at Versus All can’t talk about drunk driving (or drink driving) without issuing a PSA.
Whether you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, Canada or Colombia, drunk driving is serious. Driving while under the influence of alcohol isn’t just harmful to you. It’s fatal to others, too.
Here’s a quote from the CDC:
Of the 1, 1,132 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2015, 209 (16%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
Yes, you could lose your license. Yes, you could lose your job. And yes, you can most certainly be arrested, which will be public knowledge. But you could quite possibly kill someone, or yourself.
Drunk driving vs drink driving – it doesn’t really matter what you call it. It’s nothing to play with. Be smart, and drink responsibly for your safety and the safety of others.