Why is drinking and driving so dangerous? You lose your judgment when you drink. It is often the first thing about you that changes. Loss of judgment, or good sense, affects how you react to sounds, what you see, and the speed of other vehicles around you. It takes about an hour for the body to get rid of each "drink" (one drink is defined as a 12-ounce bottle of beer; a 5-ounce glass of wine; or a 1 1/2-ounce shot of liquor).
Do not drive a vehicle after having alcoholic drinks. Good judgment may be nothing more than saying no!
It is illegal for drivers 21 years of age and older:
• With a blood alcohol concentration that is 0.08% or more – to drive vehicles.
• With a blood alcohol concentration that is 0.04% or more – to drive commercial vehicles.
It is illegal for drivers under 21 years of age to drive vehicles with a blood alcohol concentration that is 0.01% or more.
Remember, a blood alcohol concentration below legal limits does not mean that it is safe to drive.
If you are convicted of driving-under-the-influence you are subject to fine, jail and participation in an alcohol education or community service program. E.g. if you are older 21, the judge may sentence you to 48 hours to six months in jail. You will have to pay from $390 to $1,000 in fines the first time you are convicted. In addition, you will lose your license for six months. If the vehicle is registered in your name, the court may take your vehicle away for up to six months. You will have to pay for storage fees.
If you are convicted of driving-under-the-influence twice or third time within 7 years you will be punished more strictly.
Drinking drivers are involved in about 38% of fatal traffic crushes. In cases involving death or serious bodily injury, you could face a civil lawsuit.
Much of what has been said about alcohol also applies to drugs. The state's drunk driving law is also a drug driving law.
Carrying alcohol or drugs. The law is very strict about carrying alcohol or drugs in a vehicle whether the vehicle is on or off the highway. You must not drink any alcoholic drink in any vehicle.
A container of liquor, beer, or wine carried inside the vehicle must be full, sealed, and unopened. Otherwise, it must be put in the trunk or a place where passengers don't sit. Keeping an opened container of an alcoholic drink in the glove compartment is specifically against the law.