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People like to go out with friends and co-workers to have a few drinks. Before you know, it’s time to leave and you’ve had multiple drinks. The question is, are you able to drive? Not only is driving while drunk dangerous for you, but also for the people in your car and out on the road.
What Happens While Driving Drunk
Drinking while driving is illegal and there are many repercussions when you’re charged with a DUI, driving under the influence and you’re involved in a drunk driving accident. There are many things that can happen when you go behind the wheel after having too much to drink.
The legal limit is a blood alcohol level of .08. Your body is able to fully process and handle one drink every hour safely. If you're smaller, then it’s important to take that into consideration and drink less or slower. If you’re unsure about how much alcohol your body is able to handle, it’s recommended to wait an hour after you’ve had your last drink before getting into your car and driving.
Once you start drinking more alcohol, your judgment will start becoming impaired, which can result in bad decisions like not being able to stop, swerving to the other side of the road, and not being able to clearly see traffic signals. Driving while under the influence can lead to injuring yourself or another person, severely damaging multiple cars and property, and killing an innocent person or yourself.
One bad judgment can cause damage to your car, property or the cars that you've crashed into. Reports show that 30 percent of people killed in a car crash was due to the results of a drunk driving accident. Drunk driving can result in the death or serious injury of an innocent person walking on the street or driving on the road, near you. You can also kill or injure yourself and the passengers in your vehicle.
Consequences After a Drunk Driving Accident
After the accident, which is a result of drinking and driving, there are many consequences that will follow. You could lose your license for a minimum of 180 days, though in many cases it’s longer, you can be fined $500 or more, you may have to complete 50 hours of community service, attend 12-hour alcohol education classes and will be on probation for about a year. If this isn’t your first offense, you could serve six months in jail. If there is a minor in your vehicle at the time of your accident, it can take nine months.
The consequences and things that can happen while driving drunk is not worth it. It’s important to make sure you do what you can to prevent drinking and driving.