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Drunk Driving

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcohol can make you do some dumb things. One of the dumbest you could ever do is drive drunk. Each year alcohol plays a major role traffic accidents nationwide. According to data produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes in 2014. The NHTSA reports 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2014.

What is Drunk Driving?

Drunk driving is when the driver or a motorcycle operator has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above, the legal definition of drunk driving. All states have zero tolerance laws prohibiting drivers under the age of 21 from drinking and driving. If an individual is suspected of drunk driving they will be arrested and prosecuted in a court of law. The punishment for drunk driving depends on the severity of the offense, it could result in probation, court ordered rehab treatment, time in jail, legal fines and loss of driving privileges.

What to Expect When Arrested for Drunk Driving

If you were arrested for drunk driving you can expect to spend at least one night in a jail cell until you are arranged in a court of law. At this time you will be presented with what you have been charged with, allowed to seek legal representation and a trial date will be put in place. In some cases those charged with drunk driving are able to make a plea deal, avoiding trial, seeking out alcohol treatment and remaining on probation.

Making the choice of drunk driving puts your life at risk, as well as others on the road ways, often resulting in serious legal fees and fines. If you are in a position where you have been drinking, make the right choice and do not drive. Save yourself and others the heartache that comes along with the very foolish choice of drunk driving.

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