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Even one drink could lead to car accidents

Some people in Kentucky do not think twice about having a drink or two at a restaurant, bar or party, and then driving home. They may think that they have not consumed enough alcohol to put their blood alcohol content level above the legal limit of 0.08, and therefore it is safe for them to drive. However, even drinking a small amount of alcohol could affect a person's ability to drive.

If a person has a BAC of 0.02, they might exhibit a lack of judgment and have mood swings. Their body temperature might go up a bit. They could have trouble seeing and multi-tasking. This could impair their ability to react to unexpected situations or focus on the task of driving.

If a person has a BAC of 0.05, they could experience a more significant lack of judgment and they may have trouble responding to situations. Their actions may be exaggerated, and they could be uncoordinated. They could have a difficult time detecting things that move. They could also have problems remaining alert. They could behave in an uninhibited manner. They could have issues with their small-muscle control. This could make it difficult to avoid hitting another motorist or pedestrian while driving, or impair their ability to pay attention to the road.

If a person has a BAC of 0.08, which is the legal limit, there could be a reduction in their muscle coordination. They may exhibit a reduced ability to make decisions or maintain self-control. Their short-term memory could be affected, and they may have a hard time concentrating and processing information. They may also be unable to control their speed. This could make it difficult for a person to simply perform the basic task of driving safely, much less responding to an unexpected situation. This could also make it very likely that a driver could cause a car accident.

Of course, it goes without saying that a driver with a BAC above 0.08 is a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road. However, even if a driver's BAC is below the legal limit, they could still pose a threat to other drivers. Since even a small amount of alcohol can have a negative effect on a person's cognitive and physical abilities, it is best never to drink and drive. If a person is injured due to an accident caused by a drunk driver, that person may want to determine if they can pursue compensation for the damages they suffered.

Source: Alcohol Rehab Guide, "Drinking and Driving (DUI)," Accessed Nov. 27, 2017

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