A Brief History
On July 26, 2013, a 40-year-old man from Alfredówka, Poland was found by Municipal Police Patrol from Nowa Dęba lying in the ditch along the road in Tarnowska Wola. At the hospital, it was recorded that the man had a blood alcohol content of 1.374%. The man survived, but the episode is just one of many cautionary tales of driving recklessly.
Driving your car around the block is something quite entertaining, and it can be one of the best ways to take your mind off things. It is relaxing just to cruise around with nothing but music to keep you company and the open road up ahead. Unfortunately, that driving experience might be cut abruptly if you are driving drunk, or if you met another driver on the road who is. Driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely reckless and could jeopardize the lives of countless people on the road. Also, even if you do not hurt anyone, if you get stopped by the police, you would be subjected to legal action. Colorado is one of the states that have strict laws concerning DUI, and that is why lawyers recommend that people do not drink and drive, and others are revealing BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) apps for people to use. Listed below are a few factors why you should use a BAC app.
People sometimes forget themselves and consume alcohol in great amounts. It may be a party or an evening with friends. In any case, you can’t drive once you have done that, because that would be too dangerous for both you and others on the road, which is why it helps to have a blood alcohol content app to help you keep track of your consumption. If your BAC goes over a certain number, chances are you’re not ready to drive a car and you are a danger to yourself and others. So, these apps give you a rough estimate of whether you should drive or not based on the alcohol in your system.
No one ever wants to deal with the cops, but sometimes, you really do not have a choice; this is where you will need legal protection. There are often times where you may need the help of a Colorado DUI attorney if you get caught up in a messy situation. So make that you have a contact or two ready on your phone just in case; however, using an app like AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker –– which is the best for Android users –– can spare you a lot of pain. It is also easy to use. You just enter the number of drinks you’ve had, and the app uses complex algorithms to calculate the BAC to check if it’s below or above the legal limits of the state. If you are stopped with a BAC higher than the state’s legal limit, you will be arrested and subjected to large fines and possibly even jail time. So, using this app will give you an estimate of whether or not you’re sober, and based on it, you can drive or call a cab.
Safer for you and others
It is not just about being safe from legal prosecution. You would not be able to live with yourself if you hit a person in the street or destroyed someone’s car just because you decided to drink and drive. Keeping track of your BAC is crucial because it might save you and others a lot of unnecessary pain.
Let us face it, drinking is fun. You let your guard down and your walls vanish, and things become easier when you are on alcohol, but you should drink responsibly because alcohol does have its effects on your body. Most importantly, know when to quit and when to gracefully call a cab to go home when you’re too drunk to drive. Drinking and then getting in a car might be a death sentence to someone that night, so avoid at all costs till you are certain you are sober.
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For more information, please see…
Jolly, David N. DUI / Dwi: The History of Driving Under the Influence. Outskirts Press, 2009.
Lerner, Barron H. One for the Road: Drunk Driving since 1900. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
The featured image in this article, a chart by James Heilman, MD showing relative risk of an accident based on blood alcohol levels, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.