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Lawmakers aim to make cars not start if a motorist is intoxicated

Late last month, lawmakers revealed that the federal government has invested significant monetary resources in its Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program (DADSSP). Lawmakers expect the DADSSP system to make it where cars can't be started if it determines that a motorist has a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit here in Connecticut or elsewhere in the country.

Understanding how alcohol gets on your breath

If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving, you may feel as though contesting such charges would be futile given the evidence against you. After all, a roadside breath test indicating intoxication is fairly ironclad, right? Yet what if subsequent testing shows your blood-alcohol content to be below the legal limit? Could the initial measurement have been incorrect? This has prompted many in your same situation to come to us here at Beebe & O’Neil asking how a breath test can even give an accurate measurement of the alcohol content of your blood anyway.

What happens during a DUI arrest?

Seeing police lights in your rearview mirror may be a frightening experience, especially if you have consumed alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel. Getting pulled over by Connecticut law enforcement personnel may require you to submit to a test of your blood alcohol concentration. A police officer may arrest you without knowing your BAC if he or she witnessed you violating traffic laws.

DUI charges and employment matters

Every day, people are charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Most people realize that these charges can lead to harsh penalties, including fines and the loss of driving privileges. What some do not take into consideration, however, is that drunk driving charges can be very disruptive with respect to employment. From one’s current position to future jobs and the job search, being arrested for driving under the influence can be devastating.

How prevalent is underage drunk driving?

When it comes to drunk driving, drivers belonging to all age groups may at some point decide get behind the wheel after having one too many. This can lead to serious consequences, but it is important to keep in mind the consequences of a DUI can be particularly challenging for some people. For example, teens who are pulled over and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol may see their lives (and futures) unravel in various ways. As a result, it is pivotal to talk to your teen about drunk driving or, if you are under the age of 21, be aware of zero tolerance laws and pay special attention to this issue when you get in a car with your friends.

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