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Impaired Designated Drivers

According to recent studies by the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs to be published in their July issue, they claim that nearly 40% of all designated drivers are actually under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well. this study included 1,071 bar patrons, and out of them, 165 of them were to be the nights designated drivers to help those who were unable to get behind the wheel. Their study primarily consisted of white male college students and they carefully watched them throughout a period of three months. Their findings showed that nearly 40% of these drivers were actually drinking themselves. Perhaps they weren't past their legal limit or ability to driver (with a limit of 0.08 BAC or higher) but they may still be placing the lives of other drivers at risk.

Studies have shown in the past that even though the legal cutoff for getting behind the wheel is 0.08 BAC, many people who drink have their people skills affected even at 0.02 BAC, and they lose even more control once they hit 0.05. Because of this, just last month federal accident and safety investigators were seeking to push the government to lower the bar for drinking and driving and essentially establishing a nationwide BAC limit at 0.05. Other countries are apparently well aware of the dangers of drinking and driving as they have already lowered their legal limits significantly in the past.

Whether you are a designated driver, or just a normal driver, if you have been arrested for a DUI, it is important to take these charges seriously. Whether or not the legal limit is lowered, law enforcing officials are doing whatever they can to punish those who break these laws and make them suffer the fullest of consequences. If you have been arrested for a DUI, contact Thomas & Paulk today for an aggressive ad skilled Tampa DUI attorney today!

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