Sometimes, an individual’s wrong decision and action jeopardize not only his life and future but also severely affects others’. Take the case of drunk driving that puts the life of drivers and even others on road at high risk. It requires high skill, heavy concentration, clear vision and correct perception to drive safely. If you drive in a tipsy condition, it will affect all those qualities required for safe driving.
“I’ve done it several times and nothing happened”, you may yell at someone warning you about drunk driving. You may take pride in your ‘no accident’ records even after gulping down your favourite drinks. However, that pride and cry don’t change the reality that drunk driving kills people – not only the drivers but also other passengers in the car and on the road.
It Affects Your Decision Making Ability
Alcohol clouds your judgement and perception of death, thereby affecting your driving skills in an adverse way. The drunk persons have a common perception that they are doing fine while sitting behind the driver’s’ wheel but in reality, they are not. Abnormal behavioural pattern induced by alcohol never ensures normal vision, right judgement and safe driving. As a result, you are likely to meet an accident, injure yourself and even kill someone.
Statistics about Drunk Driving
Drunk driving has a fair share in total number of car accident cases. According to a 2015 report, alcohol-impaired driving was responsible for 10, 265 deaths, which was almost one-third of total traffic related accidental deaths in America.
Your car will be stopped on the ground of suspicious driving and perked on the side. If you smell of odour of alcohol, your speeches are slurred and you exhibit incoherent behaviour, you will be asked to go through field sobriety testing followed by breathalyzer test. Any failure to prove your driving skills and judgement of safe driving will require you to undergo BAC (Blood Alcohol Count) test.
The upper limit as set by DUI/DWI laws varies in different states of America. In most of the states, the limit is 10% but some states have set the limit at 0.08%. If your test result crosses this specified legal limit, it is certain that you will be taken for a ride in police car, put behind the bars at least for a night and slapped with a DUI/DWI charge. IF the charge is proved, you will face imprisonment, fine and revoke of your driving license. Remember that all 50 states in America have vowed to take stringent actions in DUI/DWI cases.
If it is your first-time offence, the driving license will be cancelled for one year. In case of multiple DUIs, the most stringent punishment, within the ambit of laws, will be meted to the at-fault driver.
DUI and DWI are often used interchangeably but it is wrong. DUI stands for driving under the influence while DWI is the condensed form of driving while intoxicated. However, in both cases, zero tolerance is showed to the culprit. The violators of safe driving are imprisoned and punished accordingly.
A drunk driving accident lawyer is available to defend you in the court and try to lessen your punishment or even get you acquitted of the charge. But isn’t prevention better than cure? Hire a cab if you are drunk. ‘Live & Let Live’ – start believing in the mantra!