On the basis of numerous studies on the influence of alcohol on the human body, we will briefly review the most important issues in this matter, in particular, concerning drivers.

Alcohol weakens the activity of the braking centers of the brain, as a result of which the mental excitement of a person occurs. This excitement is not beneficial, because the process of thinking is wrong and illogical. A person who is under the influence of alcohol, comes to wrong conclusions based on their observations. At the same time, they no longer can control their actions. Such a state is dangerous for a driver, since they become too optimistic in relation to the road situation. We recommend you contact Toronto DUI lawyers if case you drove a car when drunk and now you are facing some legal prosecution.

Drunk drivers become unreasonably self-confident thus overlooking some possible dangers that may occur when driving a vehicle. An intoxicated driver’s movements become disproportionate and unreasonable. The driver may increase the speed for no clear reason while taking a delay when it comes to braking. The driver incorrectly estimates the distances and their ability to stop the car. They do not pay attention to the slipperiness of the road while assuming serious mistakes in terms of the technique of driving a car.

The alcohol content in the human body is measured by its concentration in blood, expressed in ppm or tenths of a percent (%).

Up to 0.5 ppm. This is a somewhat agitated state not noticeable to the driver; The state of intoxication is characterized by the higher reaction time, which becomes worse with time; The driver becomes overly optimistic when it comes to the assessment of the traffic situation. The driver becomes drowsy and is not able to think utmost clearly either.

0.5 to 1.0 ppm. There appears a discrepancy of movements, the reaction time is significantly increased; the driver makes wrong decisions as well as erroneous assessments of the situation; Visual acuity and ability to estimate distance deteriorate; the driver becomes more susceptible to light when driving at night and being blinded by other cars.

1.0 to 1.5 ppm. Every driver, regardless of their ability to resist to the effect of alcohol, enters a condition that threatens the safety of other people; the reaction time increases by several times. The driver also demonstrates some disparaging attitude toward other drivers.

1.5 to 2.0 ppm. Alcohol poisoning continues and the driver starts to feel that they are driving a car for the first time without being able to estimate the speed; a sense of personal "importance" and a disdainful attitude toward other drivers reach a limit. This condition is very dangerous for both the passengers in the car and for other drivers on the road & pedestrians.

More than 2.0 ppm. The driver is no longer capable of driving a car properly; they not only make some critical mistakes but they also do not realize what is happening to the full extent making some meaningless maneuvers.

Summing up, you should never drive a car when drunk, as you can cause some irreparable damage to yourself as well as other people. If you did drive a vehicle while being intoxicated, we prompt you to get in touch with Kitchener DUI lawyers, as they might be able to help you with legal matters.


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