Myths about Driving Under the Influence

You have heard that 50 percent of highway fatalities are caused by driving under the influence. This comes from the government terminology- “alcohol-related.” If you are involved in a DUI accident, you will need to contact a dui attorney for the best possible outcome.

A fatal “alcohol-related” accident is one where someone was killed and someone involved in the accident had alcohol in their system.

1)    A driver who is sober hits a pedestrian who has been drinking.

2)    A sober driver hits another driver who is under the influence.

3)    A driver has a drink before killing themselves in their vehicle.

4)    A driver has one drink and is involved in a fatal accident that they did not cause.

Myths about Drunk Driving and BAC

Here are some myths about drunk driving that have been assumed to be the “truth” for so many years.

1)    Myth: One drink increases your chances of being in an accident.

Truth: Drivers who have a low BAC are not more likely to be involved in an accident than those who have had nothing.

2)    Myth: BAC is a good indication of the impairment of the driver.

Truth: Individuals who drink on a regular basis are usually less impaired than someone who only drinks once in a while.

3)    Myth: Breath tests are reliable and consistent in indicating BAC and BAC is reliable and consistent in indicating impairment of the driver.

Truth: Breath alcohol content is not consistent in measuring BAC from one person to the next. 

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4)    Myth: An average-sized individual can consume up to five drinks in one hour and not go over the BAC threshold for a DUI violation.

Truth: BAC increases in your system for up to three hours, even though your impairment level may be decreasing. If you are eating food while you’re drinking, BAC continues to rise for up to six hours.

5)    Myth: Reducing the legal BAC for DUI will get “drunk drivers” off the road.

Truth: Individuals who are at .1 or .08 are not those that the DUI enforcement should be targeting. DUI violators have a BAC of .15 to .17.

6)    Myth: Lowering BAC limit to .08 will cause a reduction in the number of alcohol-related accidents.

Truth: This one is at least partially true. This will reduce the number of accidents involving alcohol because there are less people on the road that are under the influence.

There are so many factors that come into play when you consider DUI/DWI. If you have been involved in an alcohol-related accident, you need to hire a dui attorney to guide you through the process of what to do.

July 9, 2016

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