DUI, OWI, IID, OMG, WTF?

I served 8 years in the Army Reserves.  The military has a habit of turning everything into shorthand and acronyms.  They were the original texters, I think!  The military minds would know what I was talking about if I said “it is SOP to conduct a SRP, combined with PT/WT while on a GTE”.  Much is the same with drunk driving in Wisconsin these days.  DUI, DWI, OWI, IID, BAC, and the list goes on.  DUI refers to Driving Under the Influence, but Wisconsin doesn’t have that.  DWI refers to Driving While Intoxicated, but Wisconsin doesn’t have that, either.   OWI refers to Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant or Other Drug…or Operating While Intoxicated.  This is the law in Wisconsin.  This is important to note, because in Wisconsin, you can be convicted of OWI by “manipulating the controls of the vehicle”.  This means it is possible to commit a crime if you simply turn your car on to warm it up while being under the influence of an intoxicant.  You need not intend to actually drive the car, as the offense is what is called a strict liability offense…the key word is operate, and turning the key in the ignition operates that car.  If you are found to have operated a car with a blood alcohol content of over .15, you will be subject to the IID requirement, which I will discuss in my next post.  Until then, TTYL.   CYA, Drew