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Posted in Auto Accidents on April 9, 2013
Celebrating the holidays is something to look forward to every year. Many families celebrate by getting together to enjoy traditional meals, share stories, give gifts, and to create memories that will carry them until next years’ holiday celebrations. While each holiday is a reason to celebrate safely, there are many who choose to celebrate irresponsibly.
Irresponsible holiday revelers can overindulge in alcohol or other mind altering substances, and then take their immoderate celebration into the streets. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is illegal; unfortunately, this doesn’t keep these celebrants from acting without caution.
What Are The BAC Levels for Drunk Driving in NY?
The definition of driving drunk is: the act of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level at or above the legal limit. In New York, the state BAC for DWAI (driving while ability impaired) is 0.05%, and the BAC for DUI is 0.08%.
When driving under the influence, also known as driving while intoxicated, the driver:
With a BAC of 0.08%, a driver is four times more likely to cause an accident than a driver who isn’t impaired. The higher the driver’s BAC, the higher the probability that an accident will occur.
The best rule of thumb to follow during the holidays is to celebrate safely and with moderation and to stay off the roads.
For more information on how you can prevent DUIs, please visit the MADD website.
If you or someone you care about has been injured during the holidays by an intoxicated, or careless driver, seek legal counsel from a knowledgeable and compassionate vehicle accident attorney who will take the time to meet with you and review your case with no obligation.