Are drivers with a DWI conviction likely to drink and drive again?

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Drivers with previous driving while impaired (DWI) convictions pose a substantial risk of offending again. Data shows that legally impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior DWI conviction than drivers who had not been drinking.

Ignition interlocks, or in-car breathalyzers, are devices that can be installed in vehicles to prevent persons who have consumed alcohol from driving. They are typically installed after a driver has been convicted of DWI.

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Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol daily, such as two 12-ounce beers or two 5-ounce glasses of wine, offers some health benefits, especially for the heart. It can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and peripheral vascu...

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