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The Effects of Drinking and Driving Drinking and driving is a senseless crime Everyone is or should be aware of how much alcohol affects ones ability to drive It is widely publicized and a well-known fact that drinking and driving do not mix It is well known that alcohol in moderate quantities affects different people in a variety of ways Denney 26 On average if a male adult were to consume three typical alcoholic beverages he would have a blood alcohol level of 006 At this level the drinker would either have a slight feeling of happiness or feel slightly depressed At this blood alcohol level a drivers ability to drive would be slightly reduced as the drivers responsiveness begins to decrease A 01 blood alcohol level affects the motorists ability to drive as speech becomes slurred and reflexes get slower A level of 02 depresses all of the motor areas and emotions are seriously affected If ones blood alcohol level reaches 045 a coma may result A level of 07 may result in death These figures indicate the severity of alcohol and the affects it has on ones body at different blood alcohol levels Under the Criminal Code of Canada it is a criminal offence to be in control of a vehicle if your blood alcohol content exceeds 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood or 008 It is also an offence if your ability to operate the vehicle is impaired by alcohol whether or not your blood alcohol level exceeds the 008 level The Criminal Code also requires a breath or blood sample to be provided when asked to do so by a police officer Being convicted of drunk driving is a criminal charge and can result in heavy penalties and can lead to long jail terms Even as little as one alcoholic drink can affect ones ability to drive a motor vehicle When behind the wheel of a vehicle
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