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.