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How Many Drinks Does It Take To Get To .08?

Driving under the influence of alcohol is still a serious problem in Missouri. While Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that the number of people arrested for DUI has decreased in the state, many still end up getting arrested or worse.

This problem could be reduced if more people understood just how little it takes to send someone over the 0.08 limit. Numerous factors affect a person's blood alcohol content, so nothing can be stated with certainty. However, there are guidelines so the public can have a better idea of how much is too much.

Understand the difference in a DWI and DUI in Missouri

If you face charges of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence in Missouri, you may be wondering what the difference is between the two and how it may affect your case. Even if you faced these charges before or are familiar with the differences in another state, it may be beneficial to review them for the state of Missouri, seeing as the regulations are different depending upon which state you are in.

According to Missouri law, there is no significant difference between a DWI and a DUI. However, DWI is the most common terminology for someone who is driving under the influence of any type of alcohol. If the records show the driver has a blood alcohol level at or higher than 0.08 percent, or a driver under the age has a blood alcohol content of 0.02 or more, that person will most likely face DWI charges. According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, depending upon your number of convictions and circumstances of the accident, you may face various penalties.

If you have been drinking and police want you to pull over

Perhaps this has happened to you before. You have been at a bar or at a friend’s house and enjoyed a few beers. You felt fine to drive, so you hit the road. However, halfway through the drive, the sight of police sirens in your rearview mirror gave you a start. Fortunately, the sirens have always passed you.

But what if they do not pass one day? What if your brake lights are out or you have been weaving as you drive? Here are a few tips on how to handle the situation if there is an insistent police car behind you.

How to behave at a DWI checkpoint

Missouri has many laws on the books to protect citizens from drunk driving. That is why Missouri is an implied consent state, which means if a person is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, then she or he has to submit to a breathalyzer test or risk having a license revoked for 12 months.

Every so often, drivers come across a DWI checkpoint where they need to submit to having a police officer quickly check the vehicle. Whether the driver has been drinking that night or not, it is important to remember how to properly behave.

What should you do if you are too drunk to drive?

Getting arrested for a DWI is a serious offense. Police are always on the lookout for people who may be driving impaired, especially during major events. According to the FBI, law enforcement arrested over 1.1 million people for driving under the influence in 2014, and no one wants to be part of that statistic.

Having a BAC under 0.08 may not be enough to avoid trouble

Ask Missouri residents what BAC level can lead to a DWI charge or other issues such as driver's license suspension, and the answer will probably be at least 0.08. That is for a good reason. After all, 0.08 is the "magic" number in many situations -- but not all.

So, it is good to be aware of circumstances in which you could get in trouble for having a BAC that is lower than 0.08. In general, if you are at least 21 years old and do not have a commercial driver's license, the 0.08 standard applies to you.

Can an officer demand that you take a breath test?

In Missouri, police officers take several approaches to determine whether someone may be violating the state's DWI laws. For example, there are field sobriety tests such as one-leg stands, but the reliability of these tests is questionable. Even figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the tests are wrong 17 percent to 35 percent of the time.

With this error rate, many smart drivers pulled over decline to perform the tests. A police officer will likely then try to get you to take a breath test in the field. Can they force this test upon you?

How quickly can a woman can get drunk on light beer?

If you are a woman who enjoys alcohol, you may already know that, as a general rule, your male counterparts can get away with drinking more and still be more sober than you are. It is unfair and is a reality of body weight and possibly other factors such as stomach enzymes.

Since women are hearing more "it is cool to drink" messages than ever, it is a good idea to take a look at how quickly a woman can get drunk while enjoying a few cold ones with friends. 

Even a first-time DUI can ruin your future

Even for a first-time offender, a DUI arrest can have lasting effects for years to come. While it does not seem fair that a choice you made when you were 20 can affect you well into your 40s and 50s, the truth is that your choices now have a direct impact on where you end up in the future.

This fact highlights the importance of not only staying off the road when you are drunk, but also being aware of the local laws regarding blood alcohol limits and knowing where to turn when you do find yourself in a predicament.

How to be a good designated driver

If you plan to go out and watch the game at a bar, hit a club with your friends or attend a party on campus, it is always a good idea to think ahead and determine how you will get home. Once you are drinking, your decision-making skills decrease and you may make the wrong decision to get behind the wheel of a car. Not only can this lead to terrible accidents, but also to fines, license suspension and jail time for you.

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