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Impairment can occur even if your BAC is below the legal limit

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2020 | DUI/DWI Defense |

A drink or two at a party this holiday season may seem like no big deal until you are driving home and see red-and-blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Before you know it, you are arrested and charged with drunk driving.

Alabama drunk driving laws

Most people in Alabama already know that if their blood-alcohol concentration is above the legal limit of 0.08, they can be charged with drunk driving. However, it is also illegal in Alabama to drive under the influence of alcohol or any substance that impairs your mental or physical faculties to a degree that keeps you from being able to drive safely. It is important, then, to understand how alcohol can impair you, even if your BAC is below the legal limit.

What are the effects of a BAC of 0.05?

If you have consumed about three standard-size alcoholic drinks, your BAC may be below the legal limit. However, a BAC of 0.05 can still impair your driving abilities. You may find that your coordination and ability to track moving objects are negatively affected. Steering your vehicle may become more difficult. You may also experience a reduction in your ability to respond to emergency driving situations.

What are the effects of a BAC of 0.02?

However, what if you have only consumed about two standard-size alcoholic drinks. Does that affect your driving abilities? It can. A person with a BAC of 0.02 may find it more difficult to track moving targets. They may also find it more difficult to perform two tasks at the same time.

Seek help with your drunk driving case

As this shows, you do not need to have a BAC above the legal limit to be impaired by alcohol and possibly charged with drunk driving. This post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those accused of drunk driving in Birmingham may want to discuss their situation with a criminal defense attorney, so they can make informed choices moving forward.