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Is “Buzzed” Driving Drunk Driving?

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What is “Buzzed” Driving?

Being “buzzed” after consuming alcohol is a loose term that can describe someone feeling some effects of alcohol but may not be fully “drunk.” This is a dangerous gray area when it comes to alcohol consumption and getting behind the wheel. Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels can range from .01 to .15 and higher. All levels can put everyone on the road at risk. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe and avoid a severe car crash.

How Can You Tell if You are “Buzzed?”

No matter how little alcohol you’ve consumed, you may feel a bit more relaxed and feel a bit more uninhibited, which could indicate you are “buzzed.” Even if you’ve only consumed one drink and feel “fine,” never get behind the wheel. Designate a sober driver. However, never get in a vehicle with someone who has consumed alcohol or is displaying the following behaviors:

  • Slurred speech
  • Slower reaction time
  • Talking too fast or too slow
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor coordination
  • Loss of balance

Call a sober friend or family member for a ride to get you both home safely.

Safety Tips on Avoiding a Drunk Driving Accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone dies in a drunk driving crash every 52 minutes. Taking these precautions can help save lives:

  • Designate a sober driver.
  • Use a rideshare or taxi service.
  • Wear your seatbelt to increase your chance of surviving a drunk driving crash due to another intoxicated driver.
  • If you suspect another driver on the road is driving while intoxicated, pull over and call 911.
  • When hosting a gathering and serving alcohol, offer non-alcoholic options for guests

Related Article: The Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration on Driving

Harmed in a Drunk Driving Accident? We Are Here For You.

Drunk driving crashes are avoidable. When a careless driver chooses to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, the consequences can be life-threatening. At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we understand the devastating effects that drunk driving crashes can have on victims and their families. From medical expenses to lost time at work, you have the right to seek compensation and hold the negligent parties accountable for causing you harm. When injured by a reckless driver, let us fight your right to pursue a drunk driving accident claim.

Speak to one of our attorneys today to learn your rights. Contact us online or by calling 1 (816) 683-3278.