Is Buzzed Driving Drunk Driving?

Is Buzzed Driving Drunk Driving?

Over the past 10 years, Arkansas has seen a drop in drunk driving arrests, but an increase in DWI-related fatalities. A third of all our state’s traffic fatalities are caused by intoxicated or impaired drivers. Preventing these crashes and protecting our families starts by making small safety changes, the first of which is asking whether buzzed driving is the same as drunk driving.

What is Drunk Driving?

Arkansas law does not permit anyone to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) over 0.08%.

However, that’s only the legal limit. The truth is that even a BAC of 0.02% impacts reaction times and your driving ability.

The problem is that we don’t have a good definition of “buzzed driving.” Police have the power to arrest someone on DWI charges even if they aren’t at 0.08% BAC, but that’s often reserved for people who are acting drunk. Even a BAC of 0.02% can cause visual distortion and delayed reaction times, but driving at a low BAC isn’t illegal.

How Can We Be Better?

Buzzed drivers often don’t recognize how a single drink puts them at risk. This can turn a night of casual drinking into an arrest or even a serious crash.

Fighting DWI crashes starts with education. If there are two things every driver should know about alcohol it’s how BAC impacts the body and how even a very low BAC impacts driver performance.

To get an idea of how alcohol affects your body, look at the values below.

· 0.02%: Visual distortion, slower reaction times, loss of focus.

· 0.05%: Difficulty tracking objects, significantly slowed reactions, poor coordination.

· 0.08%: Blurred vision, poor motor skills, clouded judgment.

The message is clear. There is no safe combination of drinking and driving. Even drivers with a 0.01% BAC are twice as likely to be found at fault in a car crash. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.

If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, we can help. If you’d like an experienced St. Francis County car accident attorney from Easley & Houseal, PLLC to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (870) 330-0015.

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