There’s no fixed way for the police to deal with DUIs. The penalty depends on your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) levels, the number of DUIs you’ve had in the past, and the kind of damage you caused as a result.
Driving under the influence is dangerous for the driver, passengers, and pedestrians on the road. Let’s take a look at the scale of the problem:
What is DUI?
You can’t consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car—or in other words, driving under the influence. In some places, this is also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI).
In cases like these, police officials usually check your blood alcohol content (BAC) levels before deciding whether you’ve violated the law. Anything above 0.08% is considered to be a clear violation. Even if you don’t show any signs that indicate that you’re intoxicated, the act will still be illegal and you’ll be penalized.
Is drinking and driving really a problem?
Yes, it is. This is because when alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream, it impairs your driving ability. In order to drive, you need to be alert and be able to concentrate.
According to research, when your BAC levels are between 0.02% and 0.03%, you may feel slightly light-headed and euphoric. As these levels increase, things start getting worrisome. At 0.08%, which is the legal limit, your brain can no longer process inputs. At this point, your motor functions and reaction times get affected.
Here are some of the ways it affects you:
- When you’re under the influence of alcohol, your reaction times slow down. This means your brain takes time processing situations. You might not be able to slow down the car or press the brakes in time if an object or person comes in front of it as a result. Other than that, it also impairs your motor skills.
- One of the biggest drawbacks of drinking and driving is reduced concentration. Driving requires undivided attention. You need to stay in the right lane, follow all traffic signals, and maintain your speed. Under the influence of alcohol, this attention span greatly reduces.
- Alcohol consumption affects your vision too. It can either blur your eyesight or lead to double vision.