Facts About Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
- What is blood alcohol content (BAC)?
- How does alcohol affect my BAC?
- How long does it take for Alcohol to get out of my system?
- How much will an alcohol related traffic offense cost?
- How strict can the penalties get for drinking and driving offenses?
- Why are penalties for drinking and driving so strict?
- What are the chances of being arrested for drinking & driving?
BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is a measure of the concentration of alcohol in a person's blood.
- ONE mixed drink = .02% BAC
- ONE shot of liquor = .02% BAC
- ONE small glass of wine = .02% BAC
- ONE bottle of beer = .02% BAC
These figures are approximate and can be affected by a person's weight or sex, the amount of food in the person's system, and the time of day.
On average, only .015% of alcohol consumed is processed every hour. That is just 75% of the alcohol in one drink. This percentage varies by age, sex, amount of food in your system, and the time of day.
- Breathalyzer Refusal: $500 plus $750 Driver Responsibility Assessment
- Towing of vehicle and impound - $200 to $1,000
- Fines imposed by judge - $125 - $2,500
- Driver Responsibility Assessment - $750
- State surcharge - $260 to $520
- DMV conditional license - $275
- DMV re-application/suspension fees - $100
- Legal fees - $1,000 - $5,000
- Alcohol evaluation and/or counseling program (without insurance) - $1,000
- Insurance increase - $2,000 per year
- Lifetime license revocation
- Jail sentence up to 7 years
- Permanent criminal record
- Denied entry to Canada
- Not allowed to rent a car
- Job disqualifications
- Ignition Interlock Device on every vehicle you own or operate
- College application disclosure
- Insurance premium increases/cancellation
- Fingerprints and mug shots kept on file in Albany
Drinking and driving is a hazardous combination. One third of the fatalities in New York State involve impaired or intoxicated drivers. With increased Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), crash risk increases sharply. A driver with a BAC of 0.08 is four times as likely to cause a crash as a driver who has not been drinking, while a driver with a BAC of 0.16 is 25 times as likely to do so. Young drinking drivers are at the highest risk of all. Drivers 20 years old or younger are almost three times as likely to be involved in alcohol related fatal crashes than other drivers.
Greater than ever before. Drinking driving enforcement and prosecution are more effective as a result of New York State's STOP-DWI law. The law returns drinking driving fines to counties that use the money to operate programs for drinking driving enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, and education. Every county in New York State has a STOP-DWI program. This results in more police with better equipment on the roads looking for drinking or impaired drivers, more district attorneys prosecuting them, and more judges hearing drinking driving cases.