The Legal Limit Blood Alcohol Content

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Driving under the influence is a continuous problem which is on the rise today. According to the Center of Disease and Control, “every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016) That is over ten-thousand preventable deaths every year. The United States Department of Transportation believes that between laws and DUI awareness may be helping decrease the fatality rate by an estimated of eight percent over the course of twenty years. Laws have been put into place to prevent drivers from driving intoxicated, yet it still happens The legal limit blood alcohol content(BAC) that can be in your system while driving is .08, and if you are under the national drinking age of twenty-one, then a zero-alcohol policy is in effect. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016) However, driving impaired in any amount or form can increase the risk of accidents and fatalities. Most states also have a law that prevents driving with an open container in the car. Fines and DUI incarceration lengths vary per state, and also vary due to different factors, such as the blood alcohol level, repeat offenders, and dependent upon if the DUI resulted in an accident or death. If the nation continues to enforce laws, initiates more DUI checkpoints, and continues to preach prevention methods and awareness about the dangers of driving under the
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