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Minimal drinking with maximum risk

Drivers in Connecticut may not even be aware when they are driving with an illegal amount of alcohol in their system. With a legal limit of only .08, it does not take many drinks for one to be impaired, and this can result in major consequences.

According to Business Insider, food content can affect how alcohol affects someone's alcohol levels, but that for an average 100-pound woman she may not even be able to drink much more than one alcoholic beverage in an hour's time before she is over the limit. Men can typically drink a little more before becoming impaired, but it still does not take very much.

This means that even going out for dinner and sharing a bottle of wine may result in one or both parties having a BAC of over .08. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, a DUI arrest and conviction has major consequences. When a driver is arrested for impaired driving, his or her vehicle is towed, the BAC is measured, and lock up occurs until someone offers up bail.

Drivers whose BAC is .08 or higher, or those who refuse the test, get their license suspended for 45 days. Once it is reinstated, drivers must install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for six months if they failed the BAC and for one year if they refused the test. For second convictions, an IID is required for three years, and there are driving restrictions for the first year. For third DUI convictions, the driver's license is permanently revoked. A criminal conviction also usually has fines and/or jail time involved. 

 

 

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