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How Does Alcohol Affect Your Driving?

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Illinois defense attorneySpending an evening with family and friends is a great way to start a weekend. Shying away from the hectic schedule at work can prove to be mentally healing, and everyone needs some time to step away from work. At a social gathering, alcohol may be present, and it may be tempting to partake. Consuming alcohol is not bad, unless the person drinking decides to drive afterward. It is always a good idea to have a designated driver take you back home, in the event that you decide to drink. However, if no designated drivers are present, using a ride-share is the best practice, as to guarantee a safe ride home.

The Effects of Alcohol in Your System

Illinois is a Zero Tolerance state, meaning that any individual under the age of 21 years old may not present any trace of alcohol in his or her blood when driving. Otherwise, the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08 percent. However, even at a blood alcohol content level at 0.02 percent, the ability to make responsible decisions with driving can be impaired.

Alcohol initially affects the driver’s mental functions, quickly reducing reason and caution. Concentration is also affected, as the ability to concentrate on the tasks involved in driving, such as vehicle position and speed, other traffic on the road, tuning the radio, and conversing with other passengers, if applicable, is greatly limited.

The ability to interpret signals is also greatly reduced, as the driver may be easily confused and more unable to respond to emergency situations or understand the meaning of a stop sign. Alcohol also impairs the ability to use motor skills, such as starting a car. Reaction times are severely impacted when alcohol is in the system.

When alcohol is consumed, as much as 32 percent of visual acuity is reduced, and peripheral vision is also severely reduced, causing tunnel vision. Reaction time is slowed by at least 15 to 25 percent, greatly increasing the likelihood of car accidents and fatalities.

Call an Oakbrook Terrace Drunk Driving Attorney

Driving under the influence of alcohol can cost you your overall quality of life, as well as that of others involved. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, you can count on McMahon Law Offices for effective legal representation. For over 24 years, our seasoned DUI defense lawyers have represented DuPage County area clients in various matters, and they are ready to assist you with your case. Please call 630-953-4400 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We are available in the evenings and on weekends.

 

Sources:

https://www.utsa.edu/utsapd/Crime_Prevention/Crime_prevention%20pdf/How%20Alcohol%20Can%20Affect%20Safe%20Driving%20Skills.pdf

https://www.dmv.org/il-illinois/automotive-law/dui.php

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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