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Buzzed driving is focus of NHTSA campaign

When you go out with your friends for a night of drinking, you are probably careful to avoid drinking too much, so you do not get a DUI charge. Or, if you know you have had too much to drink, you might rely on a sober friend, taxi or Uber to take you home. What about so-called “buzzed driving,” when you are under California’s legal blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 percent? At the law offices of Leupp & Woodall, this is a question we are familiar with.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has an ongoing campaign called “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving,” to discourage people from thinking it is safe to get behind the wheel with a BAC under the legal limit. This campaign can help protect your legal rights after drinking as much as it can protect people from being in drunk driving accidents. After all, if you know the dangers of buzzed driving, it may make you think twice before getting in a car after having only a couple of beers.

Just how risky is buzzed driving, you might wonder. In a University of California, San Diego, study, drivers with a blood alcohol content between 0.01 and 0.07 percent were 46 percent more likely to be held responsible in car accidents. You may not be considered legally drunk with a lower BAC, but driving buzzed can affect your reaction time and decision-making skills.

Authorities assert that the best way to avoid being charged with drunk driving is to refrain from getting behind the wheel after drinking, period. Our DUI page can tell you more about the potential penalties you face for drunk driving.

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