Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
By driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are endangering yourself and putting other road users at additional risk. The risk of an accident is much higher – with all its consequences. Every year approximately 200 road users die from drunk driving, and about 80 victims of drug use in traffic.
Road users often do not realize the consequences of these drugs in traffic.
You can be arrested by police and receive a heavy fine, but the effects are even greater when you have caused an accident. The insurer has the ability to get paid for the damage incurred. The damage may consist solely of a fender-bender, but if there is serious injury caused or there are casualties, the economic consequences are incalculable. In addition to financial concerns, you have to live with the thought of what has been caused by too much drink and still drive.
Drunk driving is a crime
The moment you step behind the wheel with too much alcohol, you commit a crime. If you are arrested, you get a fine, a jail sentence, or a suspended driver’s license. Sometimes, you get a combination of all three.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
In Illinois when the blood alcohol content is higher than 0.08%, then you’ve had too much alcohol to go driving. If your blood alcohol levels are between 0.05% and 0.08%, you may still be cited for a DUI if your behavior suggests you are too drunk to drive properly. However, this is at the discretion of the officer citing you. With a BAC below the legal limit, you can still possibly be involved in a fatal accident than if you didn’t drink alcohol.
Initially, the police will determine whether you are intoxicated with a breath test. If it shows that you are drunk, you are invited to take an accurate test to determine the alcohol levels in your body. Possibly, they might take a blood sample for further determination of the BAC.