Consequences of Drunk Driving
The odds are that 1 out of 3 Americans will be involved in an accident related to alcohol at some point in our life. 1 out of 3.
Are you aware that there is an accident every 2 minutes in the U. S. that is related to drunk driving? Beyond that, there are 2 of those accidents each hour that result in a loss of life. Each and every ones of the injuries and deaths caused by this is preventable. For some reason though, people still have a tendency to get behind the wheel after imbibing.
That being said, according to Alcohol Alert more than 97% of the people in America have the opinion that drunk driving is a threat to their families as well as their own lives. While most of us know what the results can be for the victim of a drunk drivers, what are the consequences for the person who is driving drunk? If the person driving drunk is still living after the accident then there are still some stiff consequences ahead for him.
The first thing that will happen is that the police on the scene will administer a Breathalyzer test to determine the concentration of alcohol in the person’s blood.
If the BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of the driver is more than 0.08 (legal limit in all 50 states) then there is a good possibility that his driver’s license will be suspended for a time or even revoked for a period of years. There may also be vehicle sanctions put into place when the driver’s license is retained that will require the car of the offender to either have a device that acts as a Breathalyzer and will not allow the vehicle to be started unless the driver passes the BAC test. There may also be a special mark that will have to be made on the license plate of the vehicle. Additionally, the car itself may be confiscated, impounded and sold.
There are fines, jail time, attorney fees, lost time from work, increased insurance costs, court costs and many other penalties that will be levied on the drunk driver too. The specific ones will vary depending on which state the offense occurred in.
Laws that call for zero tolerance are even stiffer for drivers who are under the age of the legal drinking age. If they test positive for a miniscule amount of alcohol they face losing their license for a year. If that minor tests in excess of the legal 0.08 BAC then he will be arrested and may be tried as an adult and then convicted with the sentencing of an adult.
Even though drunk drivers know what the consequences can be for getting behind the wheel after drinking, for some reason that never stops them from doing it anyway.
Here are a few ways that you can do your part to keep the roads safe:
• Never drink and drive and try not to let your friends or family members do it either.
• Be a designated driver
• Advocate for breath tests
• Refuse to get in a car with someone who you know has been drinking