Millions of Americans drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel shortly afterwards. Such drivers often justify their actions with one the following excuses: “I let the alcohol wear off. I ate food. I sobered up with coffee. I only had two drinks. I mixed my alcohol with an energy drink. I took a cold shower.” Then, there’s our favorite, “I have a high tolerance.”
In reality, a large percentage of people who drink and drive subscribe to one or more of the above beliefs and in effect, they think it’s safe to drink and drive. But the truth is, it’s NOT safe to drink and drive even if you “only had two drinks” or “sobered up with coffee” or you “have a high tolerance.”
It’s Not Hard to Be Charged With DUI
You see, the average person knows little about alcohol’s effects on driving, and California’s drinking and driving laws. The average person does not realize that they can be arrested and charged with DUI, even if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the .08% legal limit. All the state has to prove is that the driver was “impaired” by drugs or alcohol, or a combination of the two.
Here is a basic summary of what you need to know:
- Having a “high tolerance” has zero effect on BAC.
- It’s illegal to be under the influence of alcohol and drive a vehicle.
- You can get a DUI with a low BAC.
- Coffee and energy drinks do NOT sober a person up, only time does.
- You can get a DUI after just one or two drinks.
- When combined with alcohol, certain medications intensify the effects of the alcohol. So, even one drink can be dangerous if you’re mixing it with the wrong medication.
- Paying for an Uber, Lyft, or a cab is a whole lot cheaper than a DUI!
Under Section 23152(a) of the California Vehicle Code it says, “It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle.” In other words, if you drink “any amount of alcohol” and drive, you break the law.
Of course, we’re all familiar with Section 23152(b) of the Vehicle Code that says, “It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” However, it’s a lack of knowledge about Sec. 23152(a) that gets a lot of drivers in trouble.
Confused about how much alcohol is too much? Our advice: Don’t take a chance. If you drink any alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel because if you do, you run the risk of a DUI.
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