In the United States, many Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by consuming alcoholic beverages. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, DUI enforcement is being intensified for St. Patrick’s Day; and there has already been over 200 DUI arrests statewide that occurred on Friday and Saturday. If you are planning on celebrating the Irish heritage this year, it is important to practice safety and make sure that you plan accordingly in order to avoid a possible arrest. Make the necessary arrangements ahead of time to get home safely, and be aware of others and your surroundings.
Many Americans are unaware that the definition of a DUI is not limited to alcohol. If you are driving under the influence of illegal drugs or any substance that can affect your judgment, you can be arrested for DUI.
In Florida, a blood alcohol concentration of.08 or higher constitutes impairment beyond the legal limit. However, you do not need a highly elevated blood alcohol concentration to create a threatening situation that may lead to an accident. If your blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit, you can still be arrested for a DUI if law enforcement suspects that you are driving impaired.
According to the national institute of health, 40% of traffic deaths are alcohol related.
How alcohol effects you’re driving:
Even in small amounts, the consumption of alcohol lowers your reaction time, this causes a delayed reaction to unexpected situations that occur when driving.
The consumption of alcohol has many negative effects on your vision. One of the ways in which alcohol affects your vision, is by making it very difficult to decipher how far away objects are. Furthermore, alcohol causes the eye muscles to loose precision, resulting in blurred vision and inability to focus. Alcohol also impairs your eyes ability to adapt to light and darkness, headlights from oncoming cars will shock an impaired driver more severely than a driver who is sober.
Alcohol is a depressant that impairs your ability to make rational decisions. It is extremely important to be alert and aware of your surroundings when driving, alcohol makes it difficult to do this by negatively affecting your comprehension.
Alcohol reduces the hand, eye, and foot coordination that is needed when operating a motor vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, it is important to immediately seek legal counsel. Call Blick Law Firm today for a free consultation. Think Quick, Call Blick!
Have a Safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!