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 the 2016 Narcotics Officer of the Year for the State of California and a prior winner of the MADD California Hero Award. Keith has been a Police Officer in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990 and has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor. Keith is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292) and teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course. Keith has also taught at the Police Academy and has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges. 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 SWAT Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. 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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