DUI Essay

Topics: Driving under the influence, Drunk driving, Alcoholic beverage Pages: 3 (967 words) Published: December 12, 2013

Driving drunk is the act of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and a DUI is driving under the influence of other mind altering drugs. This doesn’t only apply to cars and trucks but also planes, boats, farming vehicles, and even a horse & buggy. Driving while intoxicated, also known as DWI is illegal almost everywhere in the united states. It is a crime in the state of New York, and can include penalties of losing your license, getting fines, and even jail time. To determine how drunk you are, cops use a method called measuring someone’s BAC. BAC stands for blood alcohol content and any BAC reading .08 and higher is legally drunk in the state of New York. Nationally, 12.8% of all drivers involved in fatal accidents during 2001 are known to have been intoxicated according to the BAC laws of their state. This number is based on a examination of the official records of each and every accident involving a fatality during that year in the US. It is based on factual evidence rather than on estimates or even guesses.

The higher number (about 39%) commonly reported in the press refers to accidents in which there was believed to have been some alcohol consumed by anyone associated with the accident. For example, if a person who was believed to have consumed any alcohol is stopped at a red light and is rear-ended by an inattentive completely sober driver, that accident is considered to be alcohol-related.

Many factors contribute to blood alcohol content; such as the amount of alcohol you drink, how much you weigh, what you’ve eaten since you drank, and how much time has passed. The best way to get sober before you drive is to wait. Your body absorbs alcohol at the rate of one drink per hour, so depending on how much you drink you’ll be waiting a long time. When a person drinks their reaction times are slowed and even doing simple tasks are challenging. That is why its dangerous for a person under the influence to operate a car or truck. Every year...
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