BAC Percentage as it Correlates to Driving

What Does BAC Really Mean?

The other day I was asked by a DA about the human dynamics of alcohol. Basically, a drunk caused an accident (non-DUI, just a straight up accident causing injury) and he wanted to know more about the human dynamics of being drunk. We deal with drunks every day, but have we ever had to really explain the human dynamics of being intoxicated?

Breaking down BAC Into Usable Bits

So, just in case you ever need it, here we go with the basic human dynamics of being drunk. Step by step, based on your BAC, is what happens as you become intoxicated. However, this table shows effects on driving. Effects on driving are very similar to effects on most of our every day activities, since most of what we do involve the same dynamics as driving; multi tasking, decision making, judgement, etc.

Author: Keith Graves
Keith is a retired Police Sergeant and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 29 years. Keith was named as California’s Narcotics Officer of the Year and is a prior winner of MADD’s California Hero Award. He has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor and is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292). Keith teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course and has taught at the Police Academy. He has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges and currently consults POST on drug investigation procedures. Keith has held other assignments besides narcotics including Training Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, COPPS Officer, Traffic Officer, and 20 years as a SWAT Team member and Sniper Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. He is recognized as an international drug expert and has testified as an expert in court proceedings on drug cases, homicide cases and rape prosecutions. Keith earned a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary's College of California and a MA in Criminal Justice. Keith is the Founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.

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