As reported by Maria Armental in the February 14, 2013 edition of the Providence Journal, a West Warwick woman was arrested for drunk driving after she was observed driving the wrong way on Rt. 295. The woman also struck a snow bank on the side of the road. She submitted to the chemical test and had readings of .17.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 31-27-2, drunk driving is defined as whoever drives or otherwise operates any vehicle in the state while under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, drugs, toluene, or any controlled substance as defined in chapter 28 of title 21, or any combination of these, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor except as provided in subdivision (d)(3) and shall be punished as provided in subsection (d) of this section.
There are three levels of drunk driving in Rhode Island based on BAC readings of the motorist. The lowest level is readings of .08 - .10. The middle level is readings of .10 - .15 and unknown BAC readings. The top level is readings over .15. Based on the woman's readings, she is at the highest level.
The penalties if convicted include every person convicted of a first offense whose blood alcohol concentration is fifteen hundredths of one percent (.15%) or above, or who is under the influence of a drug, toluene, or any controlled substance as defined in subdivision (b)(1) shall be subject to a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) and shall be required to perform twenty (20) to sixty (60) hours of public community restitution and/or shall be imprisoned for up to one year. The sentence may be served in any unit of the adult correctional institutions in the discretion of the sentencing judge. The person's driving license shall be suspended for a period of three (3) months to eighteen (18) months. The sentencing judge shall require attendance at a special course on driving while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance and/or alcohol or drug treatment for the individual; provided, however, that the court may permit a servicemember or veteran to complete any court-approved counseling program administered or approved by the Veterans' Administration.
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