Alcohol and the Law
The illegal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is 0.08%. It is illegal to drive with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08% or more. The laws are stricter for drivers under 21 years of age and commercial drivers
A BAC below the legal limit does not mean that it is safe to drive, regardless of your age. Almost all drivers show the effects of alcohol at levels lower than the legal limit. You must always drive attentively and carefully. You must not drive after you have taken any drink or drug that changes how you drive, makes you less careful, or slows your reactions
If you are convicted of DUI (Driving Under the Influence), you will face criminal charges and the judge may give you jail time and mandatory community service. You will also have to pay heavy fines. In addition, you may lose your license for a certain period of time. Your vehicle may be taken away and you may be forced to pay for its storage.
The punishments are even stricter for second and third offenses. The amount of fines and jail time also increases. If you try to get insurance after a DUI conviction, it will be very expensive.
The law is very strict on carrying alcohol or drugs in a vehicle. You must not drink any alcoholic beverages in vehicles you are driving. Do not carry an open bottle or anything containing alcohol on your person or in your car. Containers of liquor, beer, or wine carried in a vehicle must be full, sealed, and unopened. Otherwise, they must be placed in the trunk.
It is a serious crime when a person is killed or hurt as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You will be punished with fines, jail, and/or license suspension or revocation. You could also face a civil law suit that could result in financial disaster.