Study reveals frequency of impaired designated drivers
A recent study found that a large number of designated drivers are impaired when behind the wheel.
August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Study reveals frequency of impaired designated drivers
Article provided by Hubert G. Duvall, Jr.
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When going out for a night in which drinking will be involved, many people opt to use a designated driver to make certain they get home safely. Designated drivers are generally regarded as individuals who agree not to consume alcohol during the evening in order to drive others in their group home at the end of the night.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, however, many designated drivers consume alcohol before driving others home. The researchers examined the actions of 165 people who had been chosen to act as designated drivers. Most of the study participants were men and enrolled in college.
During a three-month period, the researchers observed the designated drivers' behavior. They found that of the study participants, approximately 40 percent consumed alcohol when they were acting as designated drivers. The drivers were given an alcohol breath test to determine their level of impairment. The researchers found that 18 percent of the participants had a BAC at or above 0.05 percent.
Avoid drunk driving charges in Oregon
In Oregon, individuals under 21 should know that the state has a zero tolerance law when it comes to underage drivers consuming alcohol. Individuals under 21 years of age in Oregon are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system when driving a vehicle.
Under Oregon law, if an individual is charged and convicted of driving under the influence in Oregon, the penalties will depend on a variety of factors, such as whether the person had previously been convicted of DUI.
Upon a first conviction, the individual will be fined a minimum of $1,000 and sentenced to 48 hours to one year in jail, or 80 hours of community service. The penalties increase upon subsequent convictions. For instance, the minimum fine increases to $1,500 upon a second DUI conviction.
The penalties are heightened if the person's BAC is found to be 0.15 percent or above. In such cases, he or she will receive a minimum fine of $2,000. When someone is convicted of DUI with a minor in the vehicle, he or she can face a maximum fine of $10,000.
In addition to fines and potential jail sentences, those convicted of DUI will also have their license suspended and be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Such a device prevents the vehicle from starting until the individual demonstrates by breath test that he or she does not have alcohol in his or her system.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Oregon, consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney to ensure a strong defense is established on your behalf.
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