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Facts About Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

What is blood alcohol content (BAC)?

BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is a measure of the concentration of alcohol in a person's blood.

How does alcohol affect my 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.


How long does it take for Alcohol to get out of my system?

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.

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?

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.

What are the chances of being arrested for drinking & driving?

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.

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