Q: Why is a 0.08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) the standard for drunk driving in Georgia?
A:All 50 states currently define drunk driving for drivers aged 21 and older as having a 0.08% BAC because the federal government has threatened to take away highway funds for any state that defines drunk driving with a higher BAC. Most states, including Georgia, have a lower BAC standard for drivers under age 21 for whom it is illegal to consume alcohol.
People with a BAC of 0.08% typically have issues with muscle coordination, have a harder time detecting danger, and have issues with reasoning and making good decisions. For drivers, a 0.08% BAC means that they are more likely to speed, less likely to process information correctly, and more likely to have impaired perception. While some people may be too drunk to drive with a lower BAC, almost everyone is too drunk to drive safely with a BAC of 0.08%.
If you have been hurt or if your loved one has been killed by a Georgia drunk driver, then you may be entitled to damages. Please contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer at 770.518.1133 for more information about your rights.
*Source: NHTSA, Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, Drivers Over .08 BAC Pose a Serious Traffic Safety Problem