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How Your BAC Affects Your Ability to Drive at Different Levels

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California DUI defense lawyerIt is never safe to drive after you have consumed any amount of alcohol, which is why all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have passed laws making it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of more than .08. While there is a limit to how much alcohol can be in your system before it becomes illegal to drive, many states have also made it possible for you to be charged with a DUI, even if your BAC is less than .08. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that, in 2016 alone, there were 2,017 people killed in alcohol-related crashes involving drivers with BAC’s that were between .01 to .07.

BAC and the Effects on Your Abilities

.02: After your first drink, your BAC will likely be around.02. You will probably begin feeling slightly warm, relaxed, and in a good mood. Your judgment will be slightly impaired, and your ability to track moving targets and multitask will be affected.

.05: The effects of the previous level will still be apparent, but more exaggerated. Your sense of alertness may be lowered, and you may experience difficulty focusing your eyes, and even more lapse in judgment abilities. Your ability to drive will also be affected by reduced coordination, difficulty steering, and a reduced response to emergency situations.

.08: This is the legal limit to be charged with a true DUI. At this point, you will start to experience poor muscle coordination, a lack of self-control and reasoning abilities, and memory impairment. Driving can result in poor speed control and reduced perception abilities.

.10: At this point, it is abundantly clear that you are intoxicated and you will have poor reaction time and control, slurred speech, and slowed thinking. In addition to reduced motor coordination, you will also have a tough time with lane control and the ability to brake properly.

.15: This is the point where you may begin vomiting and your muscle control is far less than normal. You will also have a major loss in balance and a difficult time controlling your vehicle and paying attention while driving.

A Santa Clara County DUI Defense Attorney Can Help

A DUI is no laughing matter; even if your BAC was not at .08 when you were charged with a DUI, you can still be in a lot of trouble. A DUI conviction can mean that you will be facing jail time, fines, and a loss of your driving privileges. A San Francisco DUI defense lawyer can help you avoid a conviction and keep you behind the wheel. Contact the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson to determine what the best course of action for your case would be. Call the office at 408-246-3004 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/pdf/BAC-a.pdf

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

 

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