The Effects Of Driving And The Dangers Of Drinking And Driving

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Effects The way alcohol affects people is different for every individual because of reasons including: gender, weight, and how quickly the alcohol is consumed. The effect of alcohol also varies on separate occasions. The BAC of different people can also vary even when the same amount of alcohol is consumed (“Drinking and Driving”). When a person consumes any amount of alcohol, it affects their motor skills and/or judgment. If one is caught drinking and driving they may have to take a field sobriety test and if they fail the officer will ask for their permission to perform a blood alcohol content (BAC) test. If this test is failed the person is charged and arrested accordingly (“The Dangers of Drinking and Driving”). Short-term effects of …show more content…
After an officer pulls over a drunk driver, they may undergo a sobriety test. Sobriety tests include having to walk in a straight line, stand on one leg, or follow a light with your eyes (“Drinking and Driving”). If they fail, then they are given a breathalyzer test and/or blood test to determine level of intoxication (“Drinking and Driving”)(“The Dangers of Drinking and Driving”). For a drunk driver under 21. the zero tolerance law is applied. This law states that the legal BAC is 0.01% or 0.02% for those under 21. Depending on the state, a drunk driver may have licenses taken, be fined, or assigned community service. There are also many other reasons one should not drive under the influence of alcohol (“Drinking and Driving”). Operating a motor vehicle with a BAC over the legal limit is considered driving while intoxicated or DWI. Drinking and driving may also result in jail time and federally mandated alcohol treatment programs. Operating a motor vehicle with blood alcohol level under legal state limit is considered driving under the influence or DUI. DUI arrests and charges prosecute accordingly and first time offenders get license taken for one year and federally mandated for alcohol abuse program and probation. Repeat offenders or those who get in accidents are prosecuted to fullest law ability. Those who cause an accident in which an individual is killed are charged with vehicular manslaughter (“The Dangers of Drinking and Driving”). Not only does drinking and driving result in deaths, loss of license, and jail time, the drunk driver also gets a criminal record, loss of employment, and possible loss of personal relationships (“The Real Effects of Drunk

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