Thursday, March 7, 2013

DUI For Dummies

Bad boy Bobby Brown is about ready to start his 55 day sentence for a 3rd DUI conviction. Knowing Bobby's history, nuff said about that.

Of course, Bobby's not alone on the list of big shots who've gotten behind the wheel after too many shots.

Recently, a very nasty DWI turned into Vehicular Homicide when former Melrose Place star, Amy Locane, crashed her SUV into the back of another car, killing the 60-year-old woman inside. She's been sentenced to a relatively lenient three years in prison because the judge felt there were extenuating circumstances - she's the mother of two children, one of whom has special needs. However, that sentence is being appealed by prosecutors because it sends out a bad message about drunk driving.

Other tipsy celebs who took the wheels out for a spin include Canadian maverick Kiefer Sutherland, former besties Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, Heather Locklear, Lindsey Lohan, Khloe Kardashian (charged in '03, was she even old enough to drive, let alone drink?) and of course, who could forget (though we all want to) Mel Gibson's cringe-worthy tirade - which also resulted in a drunk driving charge in 2006.

btw, I've always been a bit confused about the difference between DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). Turns out, the two terms are basically interchangeable. Some states use one, some another. However, in some areas DUI can be a lesser offense, determined by a lower blood alcohol level or whether it's a first-time charge.  There can also be a difference between the two terms when it comes to substances. DWI always means the driver was drunk on alcohol. And DUI could mean drugs or alcohol were involved.

For a full list of drunk driving celebs - and the sometimes cute, sometimes crazy mug shots, check out TheFrisky.com.

And more about DUI/DWI from WiseGeek.com.

Second cleanse day in a row ...