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You are in Danger at .08

March 20, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Over 10,000 people lost their lives in 2010 in car accidents involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. One of the problems is that many people think they are fine to drive even though they might have a .08 BAC. You do not have to feel intoxicated in order to have a .08 BAC, however, your physical and mental capabilities become significantly diminished at that level.

Depending on your weight, gender and amount of food in your stomach, your body’s reaction to a .08 BAC might be different than another person’s. The following are some typical effects of a .08 BAC and driving ability:

  • Your muscle coordination becomes poor affecting your balance, vision, speech, hearing and reaction time
  • It becomes harder to detect danger and most people experience some short-term memory loss
  • Your judgment, self-control and reasoning become impaired
  • It becomes difficult to control your vehicle’s speed
  • It becomes harder to detect danger

Even at a .05 BAC, some drivers experience reduced coordination, difficulty in steering and a reduced ability to track moving objects. As always, the best choice is not to drive if you have been drinking.