How can society reduce the number of drunk-driving fatalities? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was looking for evidence-based answers, so it turned to a panel from the nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and commissioned a report. That report is in, and one of the key recommendations was for states to reduce their DUI threshold level from a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent to 0.05.
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Imagine that you're driving an hour north of Denver in Weld County. A police officer pulls you over and asks you to take a breath test. You're informed that the test shows that your blood alcohol content is unacceptably high. You are then placed under arrest for driving under the influence.
Colorado Public Radio in Denver recently broadcast an interesting report that included the story of a medical marijuana user. As the man drove on Interstate 70, he talked about his worry that he will one day be charged with DUID, or driving under the influence on drugs.
Most people know that Colorado's legal threshold for alcohol is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. If a person has that BAC or above, they can be arrested for DUI in our state.
They say that a fine wine gets better as it ages. The same is apparently not true of older drivers who drink fine wine.
When a person in Colorado is believed to be driving while alcohol impaired, a law enforcement officer may follow a series of protocols to help him determine if his suspicion is correct. While some states have raised questions regarding the validity of standardized field sobriety testing, like a one-leg stand, a horizontal gaze, or a walk and turn, for example, others support blood alcohol testing. Of course, the testing facility used to analyze blood alcohol content must maintain standards that would provide accurate results in order for blood alcohol tests to be reliable.
When police responded to a call about a woman with a flat tire in Los Angeles recently, they claim to have noticed signs that the 33-year-old driver was intoxicated, and she was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence. The police say she had a blood-alcohol content of .19 -- more than twice the legal limit. Her 11-year-old daughter was also in the car, which added a count of child endangerment to the criminal charges the driver faces.
Hall of Fame catcher, Carlton Fisk, was recently arrested for DUI after police reportedly found him passed out in his pickup truck in a corn field. Police stated that the engine of the truck was still running when they found the former baseball star.