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Can you still be arrested for DWI if you have high tolerance?

In a nutshell: Yes, you can still be arrested for DWI if you have high alcohol tolerance, although the chances of that happening can be lower.

For example, you might be less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drifting into other lanes or following too closely because of your high tolerance levels. Thus, a police officer could be less likely to pull you over.

Lack of seat belt leads to missing victim of DUI crash

A DWI in Missouri brings with it difficult legal troubles for those charged. However, add to it manslaughter, assault and best friends, and the consequences are all the more tragic.

As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a trio of young adults was involved in a deadly accident this holiday month, where one of them lost his life. One of the best friends was driving the truck on the fateful Saturday night when the accident occurred. He lost control of the truck, left the roadway and flipped over.

Why Missouri DWI arrests are complicated and subject to flaws

Although arresting a drunk driver might seem like a quite straightforward task, the reality is that DWI arrests in Missouri are complicated affairs. Police officers are under pressure to ensure they complete all the procedures involved in DWI in the correct way.

Police officers know that when they make a DWI arrest, anything they do could come under scrutiny in an eventual lawsuit or defense in court. If police have arrested you on a DWI, or you suspect police may pull you over this holiday season if you have had too much to drink, it pays to know some basic information regarding DWI arrests.

How to have a responsible happy hour

Many bars and restaurants have a happy hour where patrons can stop by to enjoy discounted drinks and food. For many places, happy hour takes place around 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekdays, making it perfect for coworkers to stop by after a hard day at work. The discounted alcoholic drinks may tempt people to drink more than they ordinarily would, but it is vital to remain professional and safe. The police keep a lookout for drunk drivers any time of day, so even if you leave the restaurant at 6 p.m., you may still face a DWI charge.

Do not put yourself in a situation where you face criminal charges for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Two or three alcoholic drinks may be all it takes to put you over the 0.08 percent limit. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for you to have a safe time. 

Probable cause: When police only suspect a DWI

When you envision law enforcement officers arresting someone for DWI, you may imagine the police physically seeing a car swerving in the road. While that is the case for many of these incidents, an officer can indeed arrest someone without seeing the driver actually endanger anyone. One notorious example occurred when police tracked down a car that received a complaint from another driver, and the officers located 30 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. 

Many drivers get behind the wheel of a car after a few drinks, believing they can make it back home without catching the attention of law enforcement. However, there are instances where police can arrest drivers on suspicion of DWI due to probable cause. 

Can police arrest drivers with a BAC lower than 0.08?

It was fairly recently that the United States adopted the blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 for determining if a driver operates a vehicle under the influence. However, some politicians are presently moving to make the limit even lower. While it may seem harsh, many countries have already adopted lower BAC limits for drivers. 

While the BAC limit for drunk driving in the United States still stands at 0.08 for most people, there are instances where police can arrest individuals with a BAC lower than 0.08. It is for this reason that it is always recommended for drivers to operate a car with a BAC of 0.00. 

How one extra drink could land you in DWI hot water

Most people would agree that it is not safe to get behind the wheel after you have had too much to drink. Most people also agree that it is a good practice to have a designated driver if you are planning to spend a night out drinking at a bar or club. Both of these practices aim to protect everyone on the road from accidents due to drunk driving.

The scenario becomes a bit cloudier when it comes to having a drink or two while you are out at dinner or a party, and then you have to drive home after. As the evening and event progresses, it can become more difficult to know "when to say when" and moderate your alcohol consumption in order to get behind the wheel safely when it is time to go home. Here are a few best practices to help keep you and others on the road safe if you are going out for drinks without a designated driver.

How many drinks does it take to get to 0.08?

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.

How to avoid a DWI during the holidays

Holidays are opportunities for kicking back and having a few drinks. However, when you end up having a bit too much to drink and then get behind the wheel, you run the risk of hurting yourself and others. Authorities in St. Louis often set up additional drunk-driver checkpoints during holiday times when drivers are leaving parties and more likely to exceed the Missouri state limit of having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent.

It is important for you to understand how you can enjoy the holiday season and social events without getting a DWI on your record. Keeping a couple simple tips in mind can make the difference between an accident or arrest and getting home safely.

Why is 0.08 the legal limit?

Drunk driving is a huge problem in every state. Between 2013 and 2015 in Missouri, people between the ages of 21 and 25 were most likely to die as a result of drunk driving, according to data from the Missouri Department of Transportation

You can technically drive on roadways as long as your blood alcohol content is less than 0.08 percent. However, the only truly safe BAC is zero. Someone with a BAC of 0.04 could still feel inebriated and be a danger on roadways. This begs the question: Why is the legal limit of alcohol 0.08?

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