Alabama DUI Basics

Posted by Steve Eversole | Aug 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Alabama Driving Under the Influence statute is transcribed for you below.  All it takes is a few beers to be legally intoxicated in this State.  A .08 percent alcohol is all that is needed for you to spend the night in jail, incur large court costs and attorney's fees, public humiliation, and possibly even lose your job. I understand that some people should be driving, and that some are dangerous to themselves and others, but the vast majority of people can drive just as well after a couple beers, if not better, than they did before the beer. 

A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while:

(1) There is 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood;

(2) Under the influence of alcohol;

(3) Under the influence of a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving;

(4) Under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving; or

(5) Under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties of such person to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving.

A person might drive better after a couple beers because he knows he has been drinking and will take more precautions while driving than normal. Furthermore, studies have shown that distracted driving(i.e. driving while eating, talking on the cell phone) are just as likely to produce accidents as "legally" drunken drivers. Watch out people, they will be coming after your cell phone and burger next, mark my words.

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