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Traffic Law and DUI Law Glossary

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used for a device that is used to determine the alcohol content of a breath sample
: theft by force or intimidation of an auto that has a driver or passenger present
1 : a writ giving notice to a person to appear in court: as a : a process served upon an interested party in a probate proceeding b : a notice to a person that he or she is charged with a petty ...
Driving Under The Influence
:the offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by drugs or esp. alcohol called also driving while intoxicated drunk driving drunken driving NOTE: Most states specify by statute a level ...
driving while intoxicated
1 : having left the scene of a motor vehicle accident without stopping to fulfill the duties imposed by law (as rendering aid or giving identification) [a driver] 2 : involving or concerning a ...
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test
: a test for intoxication (as of a driver) based on observation of involuntary jerking movements of the eyes as they follow horizontal motion
-cat·ed -cat·ing : to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug esp. to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished see also driving under the influence
1 : the state or condition of being intoxicated 2 : a defense based on inability to form the requisite specific intent to commit a crime due to intoxication
: to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic
Motor Vehicle Record (Mvr)
The written record of a particular driver's accidents and traffic violations. An MVR may be reviewed when an insurance agent is giving a quote for automobile insurance rates: the more accidents and ...
Moving Violation
: a violation (as speeding or drunk driving) of motor vehicle or traffic laws that is made while the vehicle is moving
Right Of Way
1 : an easement or servitude over another's land conferring a right of passage 2 a : the area over which a right of way exists b : the strip of land over which is built a public road c : the land ...
Social Host
: a person who furnishes another with alcohol in a social setting and not as a licensed vendor [courts…reluctant to impose liability on social hosts based on…negligence principles alone, ...
often attrib 1 a : import and export trade b : the business of bartering or buying and selling c : illegal or disreputable usually commercial activity [the drug ] 2 a : the movement (as of ...
Traffic Court
: a local court having limited jurisdiction over violation of statutes, ordinances, and regulations governing the use of roads and motor vehicles
: a specifically designated section of a larger area or territory: as a : a section of a municipality controlled by specific restrictions on permitted use (as for residences or agriculture) b : a ...
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