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Perry County Prosecutor’s Office
ALCOHOL Know the FACTS. Know the LAW.
What is alcohol?
Alcohol is the most commonly used in the United States. It is a that is made from various grapes, grains, and berries. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in the United States. It is a depressant that is made from various grapes, grains, and berries.
21 In 1984, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, making the minimum age to buy, possess, or consume alcohol in all fifty states 21 years of age.
It seems like EVERYONE drinks before they are 21, what is the big deal?
Illegal possession, consumption or transportation of alcohol by a minor A Class C Misdemeanor
If minor is age18, drivers license may be suspended for up to 1 year. If minor is under age 18, drivers license may be suspended for up to 60 days.
Class C Misdemeanors may also carry up to $500 in fines AND up to 60 days in JAIL.
Juveniles who are charged with this offense will have to appear in juvenile court and may be placed on probation.
But I only had one!
Indiana has a Zero Tolerance Law.
A person under the age of 21 who operates a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to at least 0.02 gram but less than 0.08 gram of alcohol commits a Class C infraction.
The penalty for this…
Up to a one year suspension of driving privileges.
What is BAC? And how is it measured?
BAC stands for Blood Alcohol Content. It is the concentration of alcohol in blood, measured, by volume, as a percentage.
The equation looks like this…
Law Enforcement Officers use a Portable Breath Test to determine a person’s BAC.
It was only a beer. I wasn’t drinking hard liquor.
One 12 oz. beer has the same amount of alcohol as one 1.5 oz. shot of whiskey or other hard liquor and a 5 oz. glass of wine. A drink is a drink is a drink…
== 12 ounces of Beer1.5 ounces of whiskey5 ounces of wine ==
Don’t be fooled… A wine cooler may seem like an innocent juice drink, but it contains the same amount of alcohol as a 12 oz. Beer.
A person wouldn’t test positive for alcohol on a breathalyzer after only one drink, would they?
In 1998, Mr. Ricky Carter was driving while intoxicated and ended the lives of four young girls in a tragic and unnecessary accident. Mr. Carter’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was.16, over twice the legal limit in Texas. A jury found him guilty and the court sentenced him to a prison term of twenty years.
This is what was left of the vehicle.
Another vehicle involved in a drunk driving accident.
How many people are actually drinking and driving on our roads?
During 2004, about 1.4 MILLION drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
16,694 people in the United States died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.
Impaired driving is the #1 cause of death for every age group between 3 and 33.
In 2003, 25% of U.S. drivers ages 15 to 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking alcohol.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES IN ALL STATES A higher BAC increases your chances of being involved in single vehicle accidents. A higher BAC increases your chances of being involved in fatal single vehicle accidents.
What about Perry County?
How can I tell if another driver is impaired?
The effects of alcohol can cause intoxicated drivers to have difficulty steering. WEAVING
JERKINGMOTIONS JERKING MOTIONS Short mental lapses can cause intoxicated drivers to not keep a steady speed even on clear roads.
QUICK STOPS Rather than easing up to a stop, intoxicated drivers may make sudden stops which can cause accidents for others as well.
SPEEDING That false feeling of control makes drinking drivers THINK they can safely speed.
RECKLESS OR AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR Passing illegally, tailgating, and crowding other drivers off the roadway are extremely dangerous to everyone on the road.
An actual impaired driver…
What can I do?
NEVER get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. You are not only putting yourself at risk, but you could cause injury to your passengers, other drivers, or pedestrians.
If you see someone who has been drinking, don’t let them drive!!
Report reckless drivers. If you spot a reckless driver, get the license plate number if you can. Report the vehicle information to the local authorities. You could be saving someone’s life.
TRUE OR FALSE Alcohol is a drug. TRUE
A shot of hard alcohol has more alcohol than a can of beer. FALSE
Alcohol is a stimulant. FALSE
Drinking too much alcohol on one occasion can result in death. TRUE
The legal BAC limit for minors driving in Indiana is.08 %. FALSE