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Driving While Impaired: Different Names in Different States

While DUI, or driving under the influence, is the most common term, some states have different phrasing for a drunk driving offense. In general, there is no difference between a DUI or DWI, OWI, or OVI offense, though the name may be different.

DUI Laws: List of States Using OWI, OVI, DWI, OUI

Most states use DUI, but the below are exceptions to the rule and use other terms to describe impaired driving offenses.

  • DUI: Driving Under the Influence is used in more than half of the states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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.
  • OWI: This stands for Operating While Intoxicated, and is used in Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan.
  • DWI: Driving While Intoxicated, or DWI, is used in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Texas.
  • OUI: Operating Under the Influence is used along with DUI in Massachusetts, and it’s exclusively used for impaired driving in Maine.
  • OVI: Operating a Vehicle Impaired is used in Ohio. Have you recently been convicted of an alcohol related driving offense? If you need more information or help with next steps, contact Intoxalock.

Our state specialists can help you determine what you need to do and help find an installation location near you. Call (833) 623-0200. or fill out the form on our website to get a quote.


Category: Drunk Driving

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