What is DWI Education?

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DWI education is a type of traffic school that is often required by law after one receives a DWI violation. DWI is an acronym for driving while intoxicated; it is sometimes also referred to as DUI, or driving under the influence. Each means that one was driving with a blood alcohol level that was at or above the legal limit, and was issued a citation by a police officer. Legal limits vary in different areas, and it is important to know the law both to avoid getting a ticket, and to avoid endangering your life and the lives of everyone around you.

On one's first offense, DWI education may be required. In some cases, it may reduce the amount of the ticket or prevent points from being assessed to one's driver's license. In other cases, it may offer no penalty reduction, but still be required by law anyway. It is important to complete the DWI education class to avoid any additional penalties as well. Some classes may offer a brief exam at the end of the class in order to review the information that was covered.


Generally, the DWI education class will take place over a few hours, often on a Saturday. Information covered in the class will include the dangers of driving while intoxicated, potential legal penalties including jail time, and information about the number of accidents and fatalities that may take place every year due to drunk driving. Information about any local programs designed to prevent drunk driving may be included as well, such as taxi information or even services that offer rides for free, which are fairly common in university areas.

DWI education is intended to serve as a deterrent to future drunk driving, and will typically only be offered once. Anyone who is caught drunk driving a second time will generally not be offered the option of a class to reduce the ticket, and may immediately be arrested or have his or her driver's license suspended for six months to one year, among other legal penalties such as probation. DWI education may also be part of the curriculum in high school, as part of a driver's education class. It is important to educate young drivers about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, and doing so before anything happens is often a better method than waiting until after someone gets a ticket. Many schools offer programs for students intended to prevent kids from using alcohol and drugs.


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@Cageybird, maybe some people treat DUI class as a joke, but I had a friend who didn't. He got pulled over for suspicion of DUI after a party and the officer field tested him. He blew a .10 on the machine, so he was arrested for DUI. The judge gave him a choice of points on his license or DUI school. He chose the school, but I don't think his heart was in it.

Anyway, he heard some really tough things about the dangers of driving drunk, and the class made a believer out of him. He either calls a cab or hands the keys over to friends like me.

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I wish some people would take those DUI classes more seriously. I've known a few drivers who chose the school over points on their license, and they seemed to treat it like a joke. They just had to sit in a room for a few hours and listen to a few lectures. I think that was a much better deal than the victims of drunk drivers get.

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