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Is buzzed driving against the law?

On this blog, various drunk driving topics have been examined, from statistics on driving under the influence to some of the potential consequences of DUI. However, you may be wondering if buzzed driving is against the law, especially with some of the advertisements that are played across the country. In Boston, and all over Massachusetts, it is crucial to understand when the consumption of alcohol prevents one from legally being able to operate a vehicle.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is against the law for people in every state to operate a vehicle if their blood alcohol content (BAC) level is 0.08 or greater. However, the NHTSA points out that driving with even smaller amounts of alcohol in your system could create problems. For example, even if your BAC level is below the legal limit, your chances of becoming involved in a traffic accident or experiencing another problem can increase due to the consumption of small amounts of alcohol.

Moreover, buzzed driving, or operating a vehicle after drinking but without being drunk, can also be against the law. For example, those who are under the age of 21 can face harsh consequences for driving with even small amounts of alcohol in their system. In some states, teen drivers can face charges if their BAC level is as low as 0.01 percent.

You should keep in mind that this blog was written to offer general information on drunk driving and in no way serves as a substitute for legal advice.

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