Personal Injury Attorney - Denver, Colorado

July 11, 2017

Before becoming completely intoxicated, most people have a feeling known as being “buzzed.” This is when a person can slightly feel the sensation of alcohol but is still mostly in charge of his or her motor functions.

In an effort to lower the number of DUI arrests that take place every year in Colorado, it is vital to inform the public of what truly constitutes drunk driving. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, over 26,000 drivers are arrested every year for driving under the influence. Many assume they are fine to drive if they are only buzzed, but that can be misleading.

Colorado has stricter laws
In Colorado, motorists can be charged if they are caught driving with a blood alcohol content percentage of 0.05. This qualifies as a DWAI, which stands for “driving while ability impaired.” A BAC of 0.08 still constitutes as a DUI. However, this all means that driving with a BAC of 0.05 could still land a person in jail.

It does not take much to reach 0.05

For some people, it may only take one drink to hit 0.05. First, it is important to understand what exactly is considered to be one drink. Most standards hold that one drink equals 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, which for these purposes is anything that is 80 proof.

For a woman who weighs 100 pounds, one drink can result in a BAC of 0.05 right off the bat. Men have a slightly different scale since their bodies tend to process alcohol differently. For example, a 100-pound man who had one drink would get a BAC of 0.04. Those interested can consult with the graphs provided by Business Insider.

Another component is how often drinks were consumed. A person who had two drinks in 60 minutes as opposed to one alcoholic beverage would have an even greater BAC. Therefore, even if a person is only feeling buzzed, it is still advisable to not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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