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Debunking common myths about drinking and driving

There are a lot of myths surrounding drinking and driving. In some cases, the myths lead to serious misconceptions about how alcohol affects a person's ability to drive a vehicle. The problem with many of the misconceptions is that they can negatively impact a person's legal standing for fighting drunk driving charges.

One myth is that continuing to lower the acceptable blood alcohol content for drivers will get more "drunks" off the road. In fact, most drivers who are arrested have a BAC of between .15 and .17 percent. This is even true in countries that have a lower limit than those that are common in the United States.

When it comes to BAC levels, there is another myth that must be tackled. BAC levels are generally thought by the public to be accurate. This isn't necessarily true because of a range of factors that can affect the measurement given.

There are also a few myths surrounding how many drinks a person can consume before hitting the threshold for BAC. Generally, it is thought that people who are average-sized can drink three to five drinks in an hour without hitting the threshold. That, however, isn't true. In truth, women who have three drinks and men who have four drinks are likely to hit the BAC threshold.

As we have discussed before, a variety of variables come into play when it comes to BAC and drunk driving charges. If you are facing drunk driving charges, make sure you understand the charge and the evidence in your case so you can determine which defense strategy you are comfortable with.

Source: National Motorists Association, "Common DUI/DWI Myths," accessed May. 28, 2015

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