According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die daily on the nation’s highways due to crashes where one or more drivers were impaired by alcohol. That’s more than 10,000 people every year, and accounts for nearly 30% of all traffic deaths.
The sad part is, driving while impaired by alcohol is preventable. We know the preventive steps. If you’re driving, don’t drink. If you drink, don’t drive. Call a friend, a family member, or a cab.
This is especially important as we move into the holiday season of the year. Traffic fatalities and injuries caused by drinking and driving rise steeply during the holiday season. While the peak is during Thanksgiving, many people start the holiday-increase driving-while-impaired clock with Halloween. Why? Because the ingredients that cause the increase are holiday parties, travel, and drinking. All of those are present starting with Halloween, moving into Thanksgiving, and then into the December holidays.
Remember that penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland are high. If you are pulled over with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% and convicted, you can be fined up to $1,000. You can receive a jail term of up to 1 year and a license suspension of six months.
Under Maryland law, you can also be arrested for driving while impaired for having imbibed alcohol and losing coordination, with no specific BAC. The penalties are less than a DUI, but still high.
Drivers under 21 years of age can be arrested for a DUI if their BAC is just 0.02%.
For all these reasons, it’s imperative to get an experienced Maryland accident lawyer. Contact us at any time if you or a loved one is involved in a DUI.
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