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Alaska drunk driving laws
drunk driving charges
OWI (operating while intoxicated, or operating while under the influence) DUI (for driving under the influence) DWI (for driving while intoxicated) Drunk driving charges are often referred to by these several names.
what is considered operating a vehicle
A person is considered to be "operating" a motor vehicle if he or she:
- is driving the motorized vehicle, or
- has the vehicle under his or her control.
"Under his or her control" is broadly defined to include vehicles that are parked and running, vehicles that are parked and not running with the keys in the ignition, and may include vehicles that are not running with the driver in the driver's seat if the keys are available. In other words, if the driver could have driven the vehicle, it is under his or her control.
a motorized vehicle
“Motor vehicle” means a vehicle, including a combination
of 2 or more vehicles or an articulated vehicle, which is self−propelled, except a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail. “Motor
vehicle” includes, without limitation, a commercial motor vehicle
or a vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from
overhead trolley wires but not operated on rails. A snowmobile
and an all−terrain vehicle shall only be considered motor vehicles
for purposes made specifically applicable by statute.