UNDERSTANDING DRUNK DRIVING
- Driving under the influence (DUI), or impaired driving, refers to drinking alcohol and then operating a motor vehicle.
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the percentage of alcohol in the bloodstream. By federal law, at 0.08 percent BAC a driver is incapable of operating a motor vehicle. Critical thinking and fine motor skills begin to drop as early as the first sip.
- If you know someone struggling with alcohol abuse, get help today.
Consequences of Driving Drunk
If someone drives drunk and survives a crash that injures or kills other people, he or she must live with the consequences. That emotional burden can be worse than any bodily harm.
But the physical perils of drunk driving are immense, too. Impaired driving can cause accidents that lead to paralysis, disfigurement, brain damage, and even death.
Impaired driving is also a crime. Drunk drivers often pay significant fines, lose their license and face higher insurance costs. Many convicted drunk drivers serve jail time.