It is illegal to drive in the state of California while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An individual is legally drunk if he or she has a 0.08 BAC or higher, but any amount of alcohol may make it harder to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Drunk driving results in thousands of deaths each year
Research shows that roughly one out of every three traffic fatalities occur in accidents involving drunk drivers. In 2018, 10,511 individuals died in collisions caused by motorists who were drunk or impaired by alcohol. If you plan on consuming alcohol while out in public, it is a good idea to call for a ride home. It may also be a good idea to designate a driver prior to leaving home.
In the event that you are hosting a party, be sure that guests can either stay the night or have a safe way to get home. Do not hesitate to call take an intoxicated person’s keys away or call law enforcement if you see a drunk driver on the road.
The potential consequences of a DUI conviction
If a judge convicts you of DUI, you could lose your drivers license, pay a fine or spend time in jail. It may also be necessary to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. It is important to note that you will likely have to pay for the device and pay to have it installed.
A drunk driving accident can have a significant impact on you and your family. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, it may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills and other damages. A personal injury attorney might resolve your case through a negotiated settlement or at trial.