In Georgia, as in every other state in the nation, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
What Happens When a Person Has a 0.08% BAC
While every person is different, MADD has compiled information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the American Medical Association, the National Commission Against Drunk Driving, Webmd, and other sources to show the typical effects of a 0.08% BAC and the predictable effects on driving. These effects include:
- Poor muscle coordination which may impact balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing.
- Difficulty recognizing danger.
- Impaired judgment, self-control, reasoning and memory.
- Impaired concentration and perception.
- Difficulty maintaining speed control.
- Reduced information processing capabilities.
But, there is no magic to a BAC of 0.08%. A driver with a BAC lower than 0.08% may still be dangerous. For example, a driver with a BAC as low as 0.02% may experience loss of judgment and a decline in visual function.
Drivers With Lower BACs May Still Be Negligent
Having 0.08% BAC is a criminal standard. While a driver with a lower BAC may not be legally drunk, a driver with a lower BAC may be negligent and may be responsible for the property damage, injuries, and deaths that result from any motor vehicle accident he causes. Thus, if you have been hurt by any driver who was drinking, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney now to discuss your rights and possible recovery. Please start a free chat with us today to learn more.