You would be hard pressed to find someone who would say that it is safe for a person to drive after they have been drinking alcohol. That said, it continues to happen – Why? There are a number of reasons, including the fact that while most people understand that it is dangerous to drink and drive, they do not necessarily believe that alcohol will impair their particular ability to drive.
Keep reading to learn more about the potential affects of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and when it is unsafe to drive. If you have been injured in a car accident in Phoenix, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to request a free legal consultation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is Working Hard to Reduce Accidents and Deaths Caused by Drunk Driving
The most recent effort from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is geared at reduce the number of accidents and fatal wrecks caused by drunk driving. They note that it is important for people to understand just how alcohol affects a person’s coordination and ability to reason.
Alcohol is absorbed through the small intestine and stomach lining. It then passes through and into the bloodstream. We can measure how much alcohol is in a person’s body by measuring the weight of the alcohol in a specific volume of blood – this measurement is known as blood alcohol concentrate (BAC). In Arizona it is illegal to drive if your BAC is higher than 0.08%.
Lower BAC Levels Can Be Dangerous Too
While there are tests that can be purchased at drunk stores that claim to give a person’s BAC, these are not reliable – and they do not deal with the real issue of impairment. Levels lower than 0.08% can also lead to an increase likelihood of getting into an accident.
Effects at 0.02%
When a person has a BAC of 0.02%, they are likely to lose some amount of judgment. They will be relaxed, their body will be warmer than usual, and their mood will be altered. This can lead to a reduction in visual function and in the ability to perform more than one task at a time.
Effects at 0.05%
A person with a BAC of 0.05% is likely to show exaggerated behavior and impaired judgment. They will not be as alert and their inhibitions will be reduced. They may be less coordinated and they may have issues tracking objects. If they drive, they can have a hard time steering and their response time will be lowered.
It Only Gets Worse from There
As you can imagine, when a person gets to the level of 0.08% - the point at which they can no longer legally drive – their driving ability just gets worse. If you have been involved in or affected by a car accident in which someone was drinking, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.