December 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Ohio man confesses to drinking and driving on viral video
Drinking and driving is an act that not only effects Cleveland, Lorain and Elyria drivers, but it also affects other drivers out on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking and driving
puts everyone on the road in danger and is responsible for killing approximately 30 people on a daily basis.
Alcohol's impact on the driver
Alcohol plays a role in a driver's ability to operate a vehicle correctly and safely. To control the effects of drinking and driving, Ohio, and all 50 states in the country have made it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level above 0.08, says the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Although it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a BAC level above 0.08, the effects of alcohol on the driver occur even before this 0.08 level is reached. The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Independence states that with a 0.02 BAC level, the driver experiences loss of judgment and loses the ability to do two things at once. With a 0.05 BAC level, the driver's psychomotor performance becomes impaired and they may experience an inability to concentrate, have issues with short-term memory loss and steering the vehicle and be unable to judge how fast they are driving.
Effects of drinking and driving on others
Drinking and driving not only affects the driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely, but also may have a significant impact on the lives of others. Recently, an Ohio man, after a night of drinking, killed another driver in a wrong-way collision, states USA Today. The legal consequences of the accident for the drunk driver included:
-6.5 years in prison.
-A lifetime suspension of his driver's license.
-The requirement to pay for court costs.
-The order to pay a $1,075 fine.
According to CNN, the drunk driver in this situation admitted to his faults on a YouTube video earlier this fall. The video went viral, with over 2 million views, and made headlines nationwide. A few days after the video was posted, the man turned himself over to law enforcement authorities and admitted he was at fault for the fatal crash.
Although this Ohio man could have faced up to 8.5 years in prison, in an interview he stated that if he had not posted the video, his story would probably not have made national headlines and he would have even been able to retain a shorter prison sentence.
Before you admit fault for driving under the influence of alcohol, contact an attorney that can help you minimize the penalties that come with receiving a DUI.
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