That dreaded number, .08, has become known as the sole marker for DUI. But does DUI really only happen when your BAC reads .08 or more? Researchers have found that there is practically no difference in the amount of impairment for an individual driving with a BAC of .07 and .08. What does this mean for drivers? Buzzed driving can be just as dangerous and risky as drunk driving. While many drivers believe that they know their limit and can stay alert even after a glass or two of alcohol, this is not always the case.
Even with a .01 BAC, a driver is at an increased risk for being in an automobile accident. According to recent research, inexperienced drivers are serious affect by even a .02 BAC while driving. Experienced drivers were in significantly more danger of being in an accident with just a .05 BAC.
Inaccurate DUI Perceptions Lead to More Accidents
There has been much campaigning surrounding the idea of .08 BAC. Yes, it has been proven that a BAC that high causes serious impairment while driving, but should we really draw the line there? Drivers hold this number in their head, rationalizing that as long as they are under .08 BAC, they are safe to drive. Unfortunately, this is an inaccurate perception that has been debunked by researchers. Any amount of alcohol in your blood will increase your risk of accident by nearly 50%.
If you truly want to avoid the risk of drunk driving accidents, you will need to no alcohol in your system while driving. Whether that means you plan to have a designated driver or stay at your friend's house overnight, it is important to take the proper precautions when combining drinking and driving. The facts show that any amount of alcohol in your system can increase your risk of serious accident and injury.
At Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., we have defended many clients facing DUI charges. We encourage you to never get behind the wheel after drinking. However, if you do find yourself in a tough position, our firm is always prepared to take on your charges.