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Drunk Driving - What is .08?

Drunk driving carelessly and needlessly kills and serious injures people everyday. Too many people get hurt by drunk drivers. Of course, a major problem is that people oftentimes do not realize that they are driving while impaired. It is not unusual for me to take the deposition of a drunk driver and for the drunk driver to tell me that he/she thought his judgment was fine.

Alcohol decreases a person's ability to drive a motor vehicle safely. The more someone drinks, the greater the effect. The amount of alcohol required to become impaired differs according to how fast a person drinks, their weight, gender, and how much food they've eaten. Because of these variables, the safest choice is always not to drink and drive.


  • Muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing)
  • Harder to detect danger
• Judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired
  • Concentration
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Speed control
  • Reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search)
• Impaired perception

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has an excellent chart on its website regarding what effects certain levels of alcohol have on a person's ability to drive.

I applaud MADD and the efforts it has taken to stop drunk driving. I know through their efforts they have prevented many wrongful deaths and catastrophic injuries caused by drunk drivers.


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