How many drinks have you had? How do you plan on getting home? Who are you responsible for? If you’ve had an alcoholic beverage, these are the questions that should come to mind before getting behind the wheel. Every day, 28 people in the United States die in car collisions that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. When you get in your vehicle with alcohol in your system, your life is not the only one in danger. Your bad decision puts the the lives of the passengers and other drivers on the road at risk.
There are many common misconceptions about drunk driving and its consequences. For example, many individuals assume that injuring or killing someone while driving under the influence will not result in criminal charges because it was “unintentional.” However, if you knowingly drive drunk and take someone’s life in a car collision, you can be charged with manslaughter or homicide.
Another misconception is that a Blood Alcohol Content of less than 0.08 percent will not result in conviction. However, failing non-breathalyzer sobriety tests is enough evidence to convict an individual regardless of BAC.
Lastly, many people assume that refusing a breathalyzer test is the best way to avoid conviction. In reality, certain states penalize individuals more seriously for breathalyzer refusal than a DUI.
At Barry’s Auto Body, we have seen thousands of car collisions. The costs, and consequences of a car collision caused by drunk driving are absolutely devastating. Don’t let your bad decision be the reason for someone else’s loss. Share this article today and join us in fighting drunk driving!