Driving under the influence of alcohol is accountable for a large number of traffic accidents. Even with a limited amount of alcohol consumption, there are double the chances of an accident than a sober driver. Driving while intoxicated is taken as an offense. Even if you are not driving the vehicle and are just sitting in the driver’s seat while parked but are intoxicated, legal action can be taken because of you being in control of the vehicle.
The intoxication level of a drunk driver is taken into concentration by measuring blood alcohol content and this can also be identified as a breaths test measurement.
The most common legal age for drinking is 21 but it varies from country to country and it can vary from 18 to 30 in different countries. Also, some countries or states have completely banned alcohol which results in fewer accident cases. The alcohol limit for driving commonly ranges from 30mg to 80mg per 100ml of blood depending on the country’s law.
How drunk driving is dangerous?
Driving while under the influence of alcohol makes you lose control over the vehicle. Your judgment, self-control, coordination, and response time get affected by drinking which results in accidents. By drunk driving, you not only put yourself but everyone on the road also at risk resulting in deaths and injuries.
One can face the extreme legal consequences of alcohol consumption while driving. Some common punishments for drunk driving are as follows: –
- Suspension or cancellation of driver’s license
- Jail sentence according to the crime
- Confiscation of vehicle
- Paying fines
- Seizing of vehicle license plate
- Necessary alcohol treatment
- Supervising sobriety
Drunk driving is a huge risk to everyone on the road. Drivers should be responsible enough to not sit in the driver’s seat under the influence of alcohol. One can take certain measures to protect themselves from any harm caused by drunk drivers such as: – putting on your seatbelts if you see someone close to you under the alcohol influence don’t let them drive if you see someone drunk driving report them to the police.