Introduction To BAC
Blood Alcohol Content is the amount of alcohol that is in the blood.
This alcohol content may vary from person to person based on the amount of alcoholic drinks that were consumed, gender and weight. Women who weigh less will be affected more by alcohol than a man who weighs more.
Why is this important?
The amount of alcohol in the system can affect people in many ways. With a lower BAC, the effects can be small. But when the BAC gets to approximately .05%, a person may become physically impaired.
If someone has been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, they will be asked to provide a chemical test (this can come in many forms; breath test, blood test or urine test.)
The legal limit for driving is .08% in the United States. If someone has been pulled over for driving with a BAC this high, they may be arrested for a DUI. In some states, a person with blood alcohol content greater than .17% could be subject to even more penalties. This is because the person is even more impaired, and it is not safe for them or others to be on the road.
What makes a BAC of .08% the magic number for a DUI? After reaching a blood alcohol content level this high, your body and mind are weakened.
Here are some examples of what is affected:
- Reaction Time
- Depth Perception
- Peripheral Vision
It is important for all of these things to be working correctly when you get behind the wheel of a car. This is why not drinking and driving is crucial.
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