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How does alcohol affect a driver?

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2023 | DUI

The consequences associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol are significant. This type of criminal action can lead to serious charges and penalties that can change the course of a person’s life. Some people find themselves facing these charges because they underestimate the potential impact that alcohol can have on them. It is critical for each Minnesota driver to understand how even one or two drinks can lead to serious consequences. 

BAC and a driver’s capabilities 

One of the main ways that alcohol affects a driver is by increasing a person’s blood alcohol content. The higher the BAC, the more likely it is that a driver will have difficulty safely operating a vehicle. The impacts of alcohol include the following examples: 

  • Slower reaction times 
  • Reduced ability to regulate speed 
  • Difficulty staying in lanes 
  • Impaired hand-eye coordination 
  • Difficulty concentrating 

A driver could be considered intoxicated or unable to drive after only a few drinks. It is the responsibility of each individual to know when he or she is unable to safely operate a vehicle. Police officers may initiate a traffic stop if a driver demonstrates certain behaviors that could indicate he or she has been drinking. 

The penalties for drunk driving 

Driving while intoxicated could result in penalties that may include time behind bars, expensive fines and more. A driver charged with this type of crime may benefit from seeking guidance regarding the defense options available to him or her. It will be beneficial to speak with a Minnesota attorney regarding the most effective ways to confront a DUI.  


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