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If a motorist is impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of intoxicants, he or she is guilty of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Most states in the country define being under the influence by the presence of a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. BAC is determined by the ratio of alcohol to a person’s blood or breath. Moreover, the use of any illegal substance or impairment by medication also indicates being under the influence. Although .08 percent is the standard legal limit that defines drunken driving, a BAC level as low as .05 percent could also lead to a DUI arrest if enough evidence exists that proves the motorist was impaired. DUI is a criminal offense and can be a felony or misdemeanor.

A BAC under .08 percent still affects an individual’s reaction time. From .04 to .05 percent, a person’s reaction time begins to slow and the risk of a driving accident begins to rise. By .06 percent, a person is twice as likely to be in a fatal crash as a sober driver is. At .08 percent, a person is 11 times more likely to experience a fatal crash than a non-drinking driver.

The impairment that alcohol has on a person is determined in two main ways: the amount of alcohol the individual consumes and the rate that the alcohol is taken in by the body. Gender, weight, food consumption, alcohol tolerance, and mood are other factors that may affect an individual who has been drinking. Waiting for time to pass is the only method that successfully allows an individual to rid the body of alcohol and to sober up.

DUI convictions are very serious and will remain permanently on a driver’s criminal record. If drivers are stopped by police and refuse to take a BAL test, their driver’s license will be suspended whether or not they are guilty. In the state of California, one must report all DUI offenses within 10 years. Those who have DUI convictions within the last 10 years will not be eligible to receive discounts on their auto insurance.

Those charged with DUIs may also lose work time, may see their vehicle impounded or seized, may need to install a Breath Alcohol Ignitional Interlock Device in their vehicle and will need to pass the test each time they want to get behind the wheel. In addition, offenders will have heightened auto insurance rates, may have their license taken away, face fines and fees, and/or jail time.

An individual who is charged with drunken driving will have to complete an alcohol and drug evaluation and an alcohol and drug remedial education class, or will be required to attend a substance abuse treatment program before regaining driving rights. Before receiving a restricted driving permit, an offender will also be required to meet the conditions of the Secretary of State’s Department of Administrative Hearings.

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