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      OWI, OVI, DWI, OUI: Different Names for Impaired Driving

      There are many names for alcohol-based driving incidents, and all result in serious consequences. 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 major difference between a DUI or DWI, OWI, OUI, or OVI offense, though the name may be different.

      The differences come with how each state treats DUI offenders. States are in charge of determining penalties for these types of offenses, so the penalties and fines for DUI vary. For example, Utah has set their legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit at .05 percent, which is lower than all other states, who have a limit of .08 percent.

      Other differences include varying rules regarding license suspension and ignition interlock device regulations.

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

      While most states use DUI, there are exceptions to the rule. We’ve outlined below which states use DUI and which 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, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
      • OWI: This stands for Operating While Intoxicated, and is used in Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
      • DWI: Driving While Intoxicated, or DWI, is used in Alaska, 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.

      Understanding the Penalties for Drunk Driving in Your State

      The penalties and interlock process are different in every state. If you’re looking to install an interlock but are unsure of next steps, Intoxalock can help. Our state specialists are knowledgeable and can help you through the process.

      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.

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