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What are the risks of intoxicated driving?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Choosing to operate a vehicle after you have consumed alcohol can significantly impair your ability to drive safely. As a result, your risks of crashing increase substantially.

If you face charges of DUI, knowing the risks of your behavior may increase your willingness to pay the consequences. With a newfound understanding of the dangers of DUI, you may have the motivation to avoid such behavior in the future.

Delayed reaction

Consuming even a small amount of alcohol can cause a delayed reaction. Studies have shown that a blood alcohol content level of just 0.02 can induce relaxation and alter judgment. With critical systems in your body slowing down, your ability to react to other vehicles or road hazards takes a dramatic hit.

Even if you react effectively, a slowed response may be too late to prevent an accident. In serious cases of DUI, you may experience visual impairments, loss of senses and inability to comprehend your surroundings. Each of these risks jeopardizes your safety and the safety of those around you.

Staying safe

It is not against the law to consume alcohol; however, you must act responsibly when you choose to drink. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, prior to consuming alcohol at a party, arrange a ride home for yourself. Be familiar with local ridesharing companies. If you witness a visibly impaired person leaving a party, take initiative to make sure that person has a ride home. If you host a party where you plan to serve alcohol, encourage all of your guests to take responsible measures in planning their return home.

A DUI does not have to end your life. As you work to justify the legal consequences of your actions, resolve to improve your driving habits. Positive changes can allow you to move forward and successfully remove any chance of recidivism.

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