As you raise that celebratory glass of champagne, you can ask yourself whether you have had too much to drink in order to drive. Alcohol can impact different people differently. In the 50 U.S states the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08, anything like that or higher indicates that you are too intoxicated to drive.
According to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) there are over one million drinking and driving convictions every year. Drinking and driving can have serious consequences. Legal expert Darren Kavinoky who has been featured on television such as ‘The Insider’ discussing celebrity cases says that “in California, you can lose your license in your first offense”. Additionally DUI California first offense can lead to vehicle restrictions only for specific circumstances as well as the completion of a DUI programme. No one wants a DUI conviction on their driving record, not only can it raise the insurance premiums but it can also show up during a background check when seeking employment, often if a company car is involved.
The best way to prevent drinking and driving, is to prevent drinking in the first place. If you have been drinking consider taking public transport home, or take a cab and pick your car up the next day. When out with friends, try to have one designated driver, the person who will not be drinking to provide everyone with a safe way to get home. Many states require people with DUIs to install interlocks on cars which will prevent the driver from starting the vehicle if their blood alcohol limit is above the pre-set amount, which is quite below the legal limit. These devices save thousands of lives every year. So as you raise your celebratory toast remember to save your life and others, when you drink don’t drive.
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