DRUNK DRIVING LAWSWHAT IS DRIVING
UNDER THE INFLUENCE?
Drinking alcohol and taking certain drugs affects your ability to safely operate dangerous
equipment such as automobiles, motorboats and industrial equipment. In every state it is
against the law to operate an automobile if you are so under the influence of drugs or
alcohol that you can not safely operate the motor vehicle.
WHAT IS A BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL?
When you drink, alcohol from the drink is absorbed into your blood stream. Various tests
have been designed to measure the level of alcohol in your blood. In most states, if your
blood alcohol level is greater than .10, you are presumed to be too intoxicated to safely
operate an automobile. However, you can still be drunk even if your blood alcohol level is
less than .10. Further, there is a big push nationwide to have the laws changed in the
individual states, to make anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08
or more considered
legally too intoxicated to drive a vehicle.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR DRUNK DRIVING?
If you are stopped by the police and suspected of drunk driving, you will probably be
asked to take some type of test to determine your blood alcohol level, such as a blood test
or a breathalyzer test. In most states, if you refuse to submit to the test as requested by the
police officer, your license will be suspended for failure to take the test, regardless of
whether you are ultimately found guilty of drunk driving. In Pennsylvania, for example,
refusal to submit to any type of blood alcohol test automatically results in a one year
suspension of your driver's license. You can still be prosecuted for drunk driving even if
you refuse to submit to a blood...