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Sound Off: Under traffic offenses, what is the difference between a DWI, OUI, and DUI?

Chad Sublet, Lawrence assistant city attorney, provided this information: Driving while impaired by the use of alcohol or other drugs is discussed in the common vernacular as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while impaired (DWI) and operating a vehicle under the influence (OUI). Different states and different jurisdictions within states have adopted the acronym of their choosing. However, all three acronyms refer to the same offense. The state of Kansas and the city of Lawrence use the term DUI.


itsalwayssunnyinlarry 6 years ago

I have always wondered this, thanks. However I see on the booking recap they use "OUI" pretty frequently.

Cai 6 years ago

DWI tends, anymore, to refer to driving while using a cell phone in a manner that the law prohibits.

JackMcKee 6 years ago

The prosecutor in this article is wrong. A DWI typically means that you were driving while intoxicated, without drugs being involved, based on one of a few deciding factors. An OUI typically means that you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence, and it can be based on alcohol or drug impairment or a combination of both depending on the situation.

You would think an assistant city attorney would get something this simple correct. Must be a Washburn grad.

Cai 6 years ago

DWI - driving while impaired.

Not driving while intoxicated.

doc1 6 years ago

OUI is used by the city of Lawrence. DUI is used by the County and Highway Patrol. It is a financial reasoning for renaming this as the fines go to the City rather than the state by adopting their own name for it.

del888 6 years ago

OMVUI - operating a motor vehicle under the influence

RaynRavyn 6 years ago

Oui is also used for boating infractions, or when one is operating a non typical vehicle... Just sayin. Lol

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