The Facts of Drunk Driving

The Facts of Drunk Driving

Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk but puts others lives in danger as well. California Law states that a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher is considered intoxicated and no person should operate a vehicle at this level. For minors under the age of 21, it is illegal to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system. This is known as the “zero tolerance” law.

Each day, 27 people in America lose their lives in a drunk driving incident and nearly one third (1/3) of all vehicular deaths in the U.S. are due to alcohol-related accidents. Many of the drivers responsible for these accidents are repeat offenders and research has shown that drunk drivers will drive up to 80 times before they are ever caught and arrested.



What the U.S. is doing to prevent drunk driving:

  • Drunk driving laws – Zero tolerance and minimum legal drinking age of 21
  • Campaigns about the consequences of drinking and driving from the consequences faced to the safety risks involved
  • License suspension laws allow police to take away driving privileges of drivers that test above the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit
  • Ignition interlocks prevent repeat offenses by testing the driver’s breath and keeping a car from starting if they have been drinking
  • Instructional programs teach school children the dangers and consequences of driving will intoxicated or riding in an intoxicated person’s vehicle
  • Sobriety checkpoints allow police to monitor the streets around holidays and other large events to make sure drunk drivers are not on the road
  • Ride share apps such as Uber and Lyft provide safe rides home

Vacaville Auto Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville Auto Accident Lawyer with decades of experience helping victims of drunk driving tragedies.

Accidents in Vacaville occur due to hazardous road conditions, drunk drivers, road rage, and distracted drivers. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a DUI/DWI accident in Vacaville, immediately call me at 916-921-6400, toll-free at 800-404-5400 for a free consultation.

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