Drivers who push their limits or endanger others by making a bad decision and choosing to operate a vehicle after having too many drinks may face harsh penalties in Maryland. Here are a few important facts about drunk driving and DWIs in the state.

BAC means Blood Alcohol Content, and it measures the content of alcohol in your bloodstream. If you have not ingested any alcohol at all, your BAC will be 0.0%. Your BAC goes up with every alcoholic drink you ingest.

In Maryland (as in many other states), a person with a BAC of 0.08% is considered intoxicated and is not legally allowed to drive. Your BAC goes down naturally as your body processes the alcoholic drinks you had. Age, gender, weight, and other factors may affect how slowly or rapidly a person’s BAC rises and falls.

Why Is It Dangerous to Drive Even With a Low BAC?

While the law says it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, having a lower BAC may still be dangerous. In fact, research indicates that driving with a BAC of just 0.5 can increase your chances of getting in a car crash by 38 to 40% when compared to driving without any alcohol in your system.

At 0.5% BAC, many drivers may show signs of impairment such as misjudging stopping distances and having slower muscle reflexes, to name a few examples. It is also worth mentioning that anyone under the age of 21 is not permitted to ingest any alcohol, but unfortunately, underage drinking is estimated to be the cause of over 4300 deadly accidents every year.

Is There Anything That Can Help You Get Sober After Drinking?

There are countless urban myths of magical recipes to help someone sober up quickly. Coffee, cold showers, eating fatty foods, drinking water, and many other “prescriptions” to help someone sober up enough to pass a BAC test don’t really work and may sometimes make things worse. The only thing that can help someone get sober is time. It may take several hours for your body to process and eliminate the alcohol you ingested in just a couple of drinks.

What Is Considered a DWI in Maryland?

Because driving while “buzzed” or “tipsy” is still dangerous, drivers with BAC levels of 0.07-.0.08 who are showing signs of impairment may be charged with DWI (Driving While Impaired). This often comes with significant penalties. The best way to avoid a DWI is making the right choice and not drinking before driving. However, if you have been charged with a DWI, the attorneys at Paré & Associates, LLC are ready to assist you. Call Paré & Associates, LLC today at (301) 515-1190 to schedule a free consultation.