Law enforcement officials, government agencies and even private companies are doing their part to reduce drinking and driving incidents across Michigan. Yet thousands of people in Michigan are involved in drunk driving accidents every year. Sadly, thousands are seriously injured and hundreds die.
All motorists know that driving while intoxicated is illegal, but many do it anyway. Across the country, numerous people get behind the wheel when they’ve had multiple alcoholic drinks.
Sometimes people make mistakes. They party a little too much. They may be stressed out and lose control. Whatever the reason, know that legal help is available to you. If you have been charged with a DUI, contact the Clayton Township criminal defense lawyers at Nickola Law.
Most people who get DUIs have been binge drinking just before they got behind the wheel. Binge drinking occurs when someone drinks many alcoholic beverages in a short amount of time. This amounts to four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men within a two-hour time period. About 75 percent of alcohol consumed is done during binge drinking.
A drink is defined as half an ounce of alcohol. This varies depending on the type of alcohol consumed. For example, a drink is classified as a 12-ounce beer, a five-ounce glass of wine or a 1.5-ounce shot of spirits.
If you do decide to binge drink, avoid driving. It’s easy for those who binge drink to get a DUI. They drink a lot of alcohol in a short period of time, so their blood alcohol content (BAC) goes up quickly. If they then decide to drive, they have a high risk of getting pulled over.
Michigan law is also strict on underage drinking. It is against the law for those under the age of 21 to buy and drink alcohol. Under the state’s zero tolerance law, you are also not allowed to drive with any amount of alcohol in your body.
Alcohol consumption often has deadly consequences for teen drivers. A male teen with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 or more is 18 times more likely than a sober male teen to be killed in a car accident. For females, the risk of dying in a car crash is 54 times greater.
Binge drinking is also a public health issue. It often leads people to engage in unprotected sex, which can lead to sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It also leads to domestic violence and divorce.
Many people binge drink and then attempt to drive, which is a recipe for disaster. Binge drinking is not only harmful to one’s health, but driving afterward can lead to serious car accidents. These accidents can cause severe injuries and death to innocent victims.
If you’ve been arrested for an alcohol-related offense, you could face harsh penalties. The Clayton Township criminal defense lawyers at Nickola Law are available to help you. With more than 40 years of experience under our belts, we know which strategies to use to help you reduce your charges and penalties. Contact us at Nickola Law at (810) 767-5420 to schedule a free consultation.
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