The holiday season is full of festive events, but you have to be careful if you are going to have some alcoholic beverages. You can't drive after you've had a couple or more because you run the risk of being arrested for the suspicion of drunk driving. In this state, any driver who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher can't legally drive. People who are under 21 years old have a much lower limit of .02%.
Everyone has seen the unusual cases where someone had to drive when they shouldn't. For example, a person who was intoxicated might have to drive to get an injured friend to a hospital or to get themselves there due to an injury.
If you get a DWI, you could be convicted. If you are, your life may take a turn for the worse, at least in the short-term.
Drunk driving is a danger to those on the roads, which is why it's taken so seriously. Still, it is easy to make the mistake of believing that you are less intoxicated than you are. For example, you may think that you are below the .08% limit because of having only a few drinks over the last few hours, but depending on a number of factors, you could find that you're actually exceeding that blood alcohol content (BAC).
Arkansas laws place harsh penalties on drunk driving offenses. This is due to the need to keep the state's roads safe. Police who are out on the roads make a concerted effort to find people who are driving under the influence. They will watch for signs, such as weaving in and out of lanes, and stop vehicles that appear to have an impaired driver. Once they conduct the stop, they have to determine whether the driver meets the legal standards for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Driving under the influence of any substance is illegal in Arkansas. It doesn't matter what the substance is. This includes alcohol, over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs and illegal substances, even if they are obtained legally.
With Memorial Day weekend behind us, now is the time for an abundance of outdoor activities. Some of these might be adult events that have beer and other alcoholic beverages present. Before you head out to these, make sure that you have a safe way to make it home. The last thing that you need over these fun summer months is to be arrested for drunk driving.
As the weather gets nicer, people are going to start heading out to outdoor activities with friends. Anyone who is going to out this weekend should take the time now to ensure that they have a safe way home. Trying to drive after having a few drinks could spell disaster for the driver because police are likely going to watch vehicles very closely this weekend thanks to the Cinco de Mayo festivities.
Many people who are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving falsely assume that the test they take on the handheld machine on the side of the road is going to be what is used to establish that they were intoxicated at the time they were stopped. In reality, the reading that will be used in court will come from either a larger machine at the police station or the blood or urine sample taken at a hospital or medical center.
Drivers who have consumed alcohol don't have a place on the road because they put themselves and others in danger. Police officers try to spot drunk drivers so they can get them off the road. Unfortunately, this means that people who haven't ever been in legal trouble might suddenly face criminal charges.