The mere fact that a driver commits these with alcohol or a substance (medication, drugs, caffeine, etc.) in their system is not evidence that the alcohol or substance caused this driving infraction. Driving even a short distance requires full and undivided attention. The fact that we all commit such blunders, as a driving population, does not mean a person is intoxicated. Recent studies have proved that lowering the alcohol level to .05 does not decrease the amount of accidents on the road. What is important to consider in a DWI case is that driving behaviors so often associated with DWI may not in fact be the root cause of such.
It is critically important for the fact finders of our legal system, judges and jurors, to differentiate driving mishaps from life altering DWI convictions. It is even more important for the prosecutor, charged with making a recommendation in the case, to not analyze the driving behavior in isolation. Time of travel, distance traveled, and factual distractions must be taken into account to render a proper assessment of whether or not the driving infraction is evidence of possible intoxication or something else.
So many DWI cases are assessed under the microscope of a single driving infraction. This is short changing the citizen accused of the real question- intoxication. It is all too easy to label a DWI based on a single driving error. To do so is to avoid a full analysis of the real question at hand. There are many people who commit driving errors all the time. The key is to keep an open mind about the totality of the circumstances, a phrase most every police officer uses when testifying on a DWI case. It is imperative that no one jumps to conclusions when assessing the guilt of a citizen accused in a DWI.