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Drinking And Driving

Be aware that the use of alcohol by drivers is a factor in about 40 % of the fatal motor vehicle accidents. Don’t think that this problem is limited to alcoholic or chronic drunk drivers, but include those decent, law abiding and very responsible persons with good families, who occasionally over indulge in drinks and drive. By driving after drinking you will become a danger to yourself and other users of the roadways.

It does not matter which variety of alcoholic beverage you consume, but it is the amount of alcohol that enters into your blood is the problem. 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor, 5 ounces of wine and 12 ounces of beer contain the same amount of alcohol (about one ounce) and each one is considered as one drink. Your body takes about one hour to get rid of one drink of alcohol from the blood. You cannot do anything to eliminate the effects of alcohol in the blood. Getting cold showers, drinking coffee, exercise etc may wake you up but cannot sober you from the bad effects of alcohol. About 90 % of the alcohol in your blood is oxidized (burned up) by your liver and eliminated through kidneys and lungs as water and carbon-di-oxide. Therefore you must refrain from driving, when you have been drinking.

It is better you must know what alcohol does to you. Alcohol impairs all the abilities required for safe and good driving. Alcohol is a depressant and not a stimulant. It slows your normal reflexes and interferes with your sense of judgment. Alcohol causes drowsiness, blurred vision and promotes over-confidence and reduces your alertness. Alcohol causes less co-ordination and prevents you from concentrating on driving.

If a law enforcement officer (Police) suspects you of driving after drinking alcoholic beverages, the officer has the authority to request you to submit to a chemical test to ascertain alcohol concentration in the blood etc. If an officer requests you for a test, you must obey, that is the law. The law is called “Implied Consent Law”. This law mandates that any person who operates a motor vehicle on public roadways shall be deemed to have given his/her consent to a chemical test or tests of his/her blood, breath and/or urine to determine alcohol content. Refusal to take the chemical test as requested by the officer invites punishments, including suspension of your driver’s license, even if it is ultimately proved that you were not drunk.

The legal age for drinking alcohol is 21 years or more. Therefore the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers under age 21 years is 0.02 % or less.

The legal limit of BAC for drivers aged 21 years or older is 0.08 % but the legal limit of BAC for drivers operating a commercial vehicle is only 0.04 %. If a driver operates a vehicle with BAC more than the above three limits will be illegal and considered as driving under the influence of alcohol and the punishments are severe.

Even if you are not drunk, you must be cautious about other drivers who are driving after consuming alcohol. Certain behaviors of the driver may indicate that a driver is drunk while driving. Drunk drivers usually go through stop signs and signals. The drunk drivers also weave within the lane, wander from lane to lane, drive on the wrong side of the road and run-off the pavement. Observe the activities and behavior of such drunk drivers and safeguard your you suspect that a driver driving near you is drunk, keep maximum distance away from such drunk driver. Think twice before passing such drunk driver but if possible, allow the drunk driver to pass you.

Do not transport an open container of alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of your car, it is illegal. Do not drink and drive. Leave the roadways safe for yourself and others.

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