Driving while under the influence of alcohol is not only dangerous for you, your passengers, and others on the road, but if you are caught, you will suffer drastic legal consequences. Virginia laws are extremely strict when your BAC is above the legal limit of 0.08% (or, for those under the age of 21, 0.02% in Virginia). Therefore, if you are pulled over and blow a BAC above these amounts, you’re in for more than just a head-splitting hangover.
With over 5,000 serious injuries caused by drunk driving in Virginia each year, Virginians need to be persuaded to not drink and drive. You need to be able to recognize when a designated driver is needed. Not only will a sober driver keep you safe, but he will also keep you from a DUI charge.
Signs That You Are Too Drunk to Drive
People do not have their own personal breathalyzers to monitor their BAC and, unfortunately, many people can’t recognize when they’ve had too much to drink. Every person handles alcohol differently. One person can have a glass of wine and feel drunk, while another can have a few shots and feel completely fine. However, a cop doesn’t care about how you feel, only how you act. This is why it is important to know your limit and the signs that you need a designated driver to get you home. Otherwise, feeling fine can quickly turn south when you’re placed in the back seat of a police car. When you are out drinking, be aware of the following signs indicating that you should not be driving:
- Slurred speech
- Erratic or off-kilter walking and stumbling
- Balance problems or issues standing
- Running into stationary objects or people
- Blurred vision
- Numbness in arms, legs and fingers
Any one of the above symptoms could be dangerous when you’re traveling on your own two feet, let alone in a metal box moving close to 70 mph. Don’t risk it. Plan ahead with a designated driver or call a cab.
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