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11. Driving Under the Influence

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Alcohol Statistics:

  • alcohol is involved in about 40% of all fatal highway accidents
  • drivers with a BAC of only 0.02 to 0.05 percent are at least seven times more likely to be killed in an accident that sober drivers
  • drivers with a BAC of 0.20% are 90 times more likely to be killed in an accident than sober drivers
  • DUI stands for " driving under the influence " and includes being under the influence of prescription, non-prescription, or illegal drugs and/or other substances, as well as alcohol.

    If you are 21 years of age or older, you are legally considered to be under the influence when your BAC is 0.08% or greater. You can also be convicted of DUI at any BAC level if you exhibit symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.

    It is illegal at any age and under any circumstances to operate a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or greater, and 0.04% or greater when operating a commercial vehicle.

    Research shows that your driving ability may become impaired even with a BAC level as low as 0.05%.

    If you are under age 21, it is unlawful for you to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. The court may convict you of DUI in addition to the penalties imposed under the non-criminal zero tolerance law that makes it illegal for a person under 21 to drive with a BAC of 0.01%.

    Any person who drives a motor vehicle is considered to have given his or her consent to being tested for alcohol or drugs any time he or she is arrested on suspicion of DUI.

    Your drivers license may be suspended or revoked if you refuse to take a test of your BAC after being requested to do so by a peace officer. Also, you can still be convicted of DUI even if you refuse to take the test.

    You do not have the right to be represented by an attorney while you are deciding to take or taking the BAC test.

    The term "Administrative Per Se" ( Admin Per Se ) refers to the law which requires the DMV to suspend or revoke the driving privilege of persons 21 years of age or older who are driving with a BAC of 0.08% or greater, and persons under the age of 21 who are driving with a BAC of 0.01% or greater.

    If you refuse to take a test for your BAC, Admin Per Se allows the officer to confiscate your driver license and serve you with an order suspending or revoking your license for the refusal.

    These are administrative, non-criminal procedures which are separate from any criminal charges that may also be brought against you in court. In many cases, the Admin Per Se action can still take effect even without a DUI conviction.

    The immediate suspension or revocation is served by the officer at the time of the arrest. The suspension for a first offense will be 120 days in length. If you have prior alcohol related offenses on your record, you may be suspended for 1 year.


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    Lesson 11 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

    1. BAC stands for:


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    3. If you are under 21, the zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving will revoke your license even if your BAC is as low as what percent?


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    4. After completing all 11 lessons and then passing the final test, your certificate of completion of driver education will be:


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    5. Designated Drivers:


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