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DUI Starts With the First Drink

This past weekend, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office alerted citizens of plans to conduct DUI saturation patrols during Super Bowl Weekend.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Super DUI Alert

The release stated:

The Super Bowl is America’s most-watched sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on having any alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday, make a plan to get home safely now and stick to your plan on game day.

A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states.

It is essential, however, to remember that impairment begins with the first drink. This February 4th, don’t become a tragic Super Bowl stat.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies working Sunday. Enforcement activity will emphasize impaired and distracted driving, with the goal of improving safety on Carroll County roadways. Funding for the additional patrols provided by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office.

If you are going to attend a gathering in which alcohol is likely to be served, please take a moment to make a game plan for safety. If possible, arrange to stay at the location, or if you must travel, identify a designated driver before the first sip. Make a plan and stick to it.

Drinking and Driving Starts with the First Drink

The “legal limit” is misunderstood in Maryland.  Here’s what you need to know.

If your BAC is 0.08 or more then you can be convicted of a DUI or DWI based solely on that BAC without any other evidence.

In fact, if your BAC is 0.07, then you can be convicted of a DWI based solely on that BAC.

Additionally, if your BAC is 0.06, then your BAC can still be considered along with other evidence as to find that you were drinking and driving.

Finally, if your BAC is 0.05, the State’s Attorney’s Office can still convince a judge or jury that you were impaired by alcohol.

So, when the police advised people that the legal limit is 0.08, really what you need to know is that the law allows impairment to be proven if your BAC is less than 0.08.

Call today to schedule a free DUI arrest consultation!

If you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI, it is essential for you to speak with an attorney who is experienced in this area of law. If you are in Maryland and received a DUI or DWI, it is wise to work closely with a Maryland DUI attorney. They can help you navigate Maryland’s specific laws in regards to DUIs and DWIs and get the best possible outcome for your situation.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI or DWI in Maryland and are in need of guidance, call Albers & Associates today. We are an experienced Maryland DUI law firm and can help you navigate the aftermath of a DUI or DWI.

The sooner we begin working on your case, the sooner you can get on with your life—so give us a call at 443/457-3890.

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