It is scary to think that at any time you could be sharing the road with a drunk driver. Yet this happens every day in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Many in Georgia are aware that a driver with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher is deemed too drunk to drive safely. However, even those with a lower BAC can still be too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle.
BAC of 0.08 and above
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a driver with a BAC of 0.08 may exhibit the following symptoms. They could have difficulty concentrating and reasoning. They could experience short-term memory loss. They may have a hard time controlling their speed. They could find it more difficult to process information and may swerve between lanes or ignore traffic signs and signals. Poor muscle control and an impaired perception could easily lead to a drunk driving crash.
A BAC of 0.15 is even worse. A driver with a BAC of 0.15 will be substantially impaired in their ability to maintain control over their vehicle and stay concentrated on the task of driving. They will also suffer extreme impairment in their ability to process visual and auditory information.
A BAC below 0.08 is still unsafe
Even having a BAC below 0.08 can lead to unsafe driving. A person with a BAC of 0.05 may have poor small-muscle control, making it difficult to focus on moving objects. Coordination may be reduced, and the person may have difficulty steering. Impaired judgement and lowered alertness may make it difficult to respond to emergency situations.
Even a BAC of 0.02 can be dangerous. A person with a BAC of 0.02 will have some loss of judgment. Their ability to rapidly track moving objects could decline as could their ability to do more than one task at a time. Even these small impairments can easily lead to a drunk driving crash. What is scary to think is that it only takes one or two drinks for a person to reach a BAC of 0.02.
Watch out for drunk drivers
Drunk driving is not just limited to weekends and holidays. You can encounter a drunk driver at any point of any day. If you are involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver you will want to explore all your legal rights and options so you can make decisions that are in your best interests.