Monday, June 3, 2013

How Drinking Affects Your Driving

Drinking and driving are two words that can't go together, two diversions that can't combine sequentially. Although North Carolina has a legal level of intoxication for drivers, one slip and you could end up with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), a confiscated license, a bad reputation, a wrecked car, or worse, a victim.

Alcohol has a direct effect on the neurotransmitters inside the brain. By altering the levels of the different neurotransmitters, a person's normal action and reaction response is altered. Speech could be slurred, movements could be sluggish and unbalanced, and perspective could blur and become disoriented. The greatest danger in drinking and driving is how alcohol can reduce your sensory process and response, compromising your judgment on the road.

When a cop suspects a drunk driver behind the wheel, the cop will flag him down to the side of the road. The driver will be tested for blood alcohol content (BAC) in his breath (through a breathalyzer), blood, or urine. The BAC limit varies from state to state and the legal threshold limit for commercial drivers is lower than for non-commercial ones. There is zero tolerance for any minor caught driving under intoxication.

There are different levels of punishment for drunk driving-related violations; rather than find out the hard way, the lesson is simple enough: don't drink and drive. If your manners slide and you get drunk, find someone to drive you or hail a cab.

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