Sacramento Bars and Police Focus on Preventing DUI
Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Both bars and the police in Sacramento focused on keeping drivers safe and preventing DUIs during the Super Bowl, according to recent reports. Police conducted saturation patrols while bars and other businesses handed out coupons for rides with Lyft and Uber. The Office of Traffic Safety also offered a free app called DDVIP that gives discounts and other benefits to designated drivers.
Police were clustered in areas where high collision rates revealed a likelihood of impaired drivers, according to the Sacramento Police Department. The city also posted flashing signs to remind other drivers to call 911 if they notice someone driving erratically.
Super Bowl Sunday: An American Tradition
Professional football’s culminating game not only attracts fans but has led to the development of a culture of food and drink around that day. Americans consume copious amounts of food and, sometimes, alcoholic beverages at Super Bowl parties or at bars across the nation while watching the game.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 867 people were killed in California in 2013 as a result drunk driving. This number represents 29 percent of all crash fatalities in the state for that year. In California, a driver is considered impaired if he or she has a blood alcohol percentage of at least .08.
Anyone Can Get A DUI
The .08 percent BAC figure represents a relatively small amount of alcohol in the bloodstream. While young men are the most likely group to receive DUI charges, anyone can be caught driving drunk, and many drivers do not even realize they are impaired until they are tested.
This means that you must be extremely careful about drinking any alcohol at all before getting behind the wheel. The simplest way to avoid a DUI is to avoid drinking altogether, but if you cannot, it is important to remember to pace your drinking carefully. The rule of thumb is that your body can metabolize one drink per hour, defined as a 12-ounce beer, a six-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
What Should I Do If I Am Arrested?
If you are arrested for DUI, it is very important that you receive help from a DUI attorney. Do not try to handle your case alone. Contact the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento; our attorneys are ready to help you deal successfully with the consequences of a DUI charge.