Drunk Driving: If You Can’t Guarantee You’re at 0% BAC, Don’t Drive

On behalf of The Berger Firm June 1, 2020

What’s your blood alcohol content (BAC) level? Do you know?

Drunk driving is something that can get you into deep trouble with the law, especially if it’s not your first offense. As someone who has been drinking, it’s important that you know when you should get a ride and when it’s safe to drive again.

There is no way to guarantee that you’re going to be able to drive safely after having a drink, but there are some estimates that could help you know when your body will have less alcohol in its system. Most guidelines suggest that it takes at least 45 minutes for alcohol from a single, standard drink, to exit your body.

The trouble with the guidelines is that people don’t usually have standard drinks. They may have mixed drinks or have more than one drink in an hour. Some people may eat with a drink, slowing down how quickly it is processed. Sometimes, food has extra alcohol that they didn’t know about, too.

The only safe time to drive is when your blood alcohol concentration is zero. If you can’t guarantee that you have no alcohol in your system, then you shouldn’t be behind the wheel. In today’s society, it’s easy to get a ride or to use public transportation; both are better alternatives to getting behind the wheel when you may be impaired.

If you do drive when intoxicated, you could be stopped and arrested. If that happens, you may want to speak with your attorney about building a defense to minimize the penalties that you face from your arrest. A DUI can have lasting consequences, so you’ll want to do everything you can to minimize the risk to your future.