Drunk Driving is Not Just a .08 BAC

Every day, hundreds of people in the United States die due to crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. The CDC has said that 1 person dies every 48 minutes from impaired driving accidents, and 1 person is injured every minute from an alcohol-related crash.

Drinking alcohol impairs the senses and ability to make judgments. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is the way to measure the amount of alcohol in the body of a person. This is usually determined through a breathalyzer test. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has published a breakdown of what effects each BAC level will have on a driver (2011).

Typically, a BAC of .02 will make a person relaxed with some loss of judgment. At .05, most people will feel good, but will exhibit impaired judgment and lowered alertness. At .08, judgment, reasoning, self-control, and memory are impaired. Muscle coordination is already poor and this would lead to loss of speed control and concentration, and reduced information processing ability, which may lead a person to miss signal lights. Perception is also impaired. At a BAC of .10 and .15, reaction time, control, coordination, and balance will continue to decrease, making it even more dangerous for this individual to drive.

Again and again, the government and officials have repeatedly warned the citizens against drunk driving. It is the cause of many personal and child injury cases across the United States. Not only that, it is the cause of many deaths as well.

Alcohol-related crashes cause a lot of suffering and pain, and a dramatic cost to the general public. If you or a loved one is involved in an Arizona impaired driving accident, you may consult with us for free at (480) 753-4534. We may be able to help.

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