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How does alcohol affect driving abilities?

The things that can happen when you drive drunk aren't pretty. You risk your life and the life of every other person around you with that poor decision. Still, there are some situations that might necessitate driving after you have had alcohol. It is vital that you understand how alcohol can affect you so that you can decide if driving home after a party is really worth the risks.

Can a low blood-alcohol concentration level affect driving?

Even a BAC that is under the legal limit of .08 percent can result in impaired driving abilities. With a BAC of .04 to .06 percent, you are likely to be less cautious. You might have exaggerated behavior that can spill over into your driving abilities and feel lightheaded, which makes focusing difficult.

How is driving affected above .08 percent BAC?

By the time your BAC is .10 to .12 percent, you have a slowed reaction time. Your coordination is considerably impaired. You aren't thinking clearly. When your BAC is .12 to .15 percent, you have severely impaired judgment. You are obviously drunk to those around you. In most cases, you are unable to keep your balance and you have blurry vision, both of which can affect your driving abilities. By the time you hit a BAC of .15 percent, you are 380 times more likely than a sober person to be involved in a fatal accident.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you have defense options that you should consider. Determining which one fits your case the best is one of the first steps you have to take to build your defense.

Source: LifeLoc Technologies, "BAC Measurement," accessed Nov. 20, 2015

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