Drunk driving is becoming more of a crisis

It takes a fraction of a second to slam into an oncoming car while drinking and driving. This is becoming alarmingly common in young teens. According to World Health Organization (WHO), laws establishing blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) of 0.05g/dl or below are effectively reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes.

In Pittsburgh, driving under the influence (DUI) and DWI are the same charge. If a motorist's blood alcohol concentration level in their bloodstream is above the .08 legal limit or higher, then they will be charged with a DUI.  You will also be charged with a DUI if your BAC level is below the legal limit of .08.

If you have been drinking, you may want to consider arranging a place to stay for the night. You may consider informing your family that you are not in the right state of mind to drive. Being responsible and stepping away from your vehicle when intoxicated will save you a lot of money and regret. If you have been drinking, do not put anyone else at risk. You may want to install ignition interlocks also called a breath alcohol ignition interlock device. The driver will breathe into the device. If the device detects BAC levels are above the legally programmed limit, then the engine of the vehicle will not start.

You may not be able to account for all the drivers on the road, but you can keep yourself safe by wearing a seatbelt, driving with caution and staying clear of aggressive drivers. If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one, then you may want to consider hiring an experienced attorney. An attorney will provide you with the legal assistance to fight for your case and give you the justice you deserve.

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