Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Sacramento

Driving Under the Influence

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Sacramento. Drugs and alcohol result in impaired judgment and reduces the responsiveness of a driver.

Apart from alcohol, illegal drugs, and some over-the-counter medications such as painkillers and anti-histamines can cause impairment.

Drivers are required by law to adhere to established DUI standards, such as the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC).

Law enforcement may, therefore, perform random sobriety tests on motorists they suspect to be driving while under the influence. The test comprises a series of tasks aimed at establishing the driver’s cognitive level. For instance, the officers may request the driver to recite the alphabet backward or walk a straight line.

The officer may also ask the driver to undergo a chemical test using a breathalyzer. This test measures the driver’s blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). Urine and blood tests can also be performed at a hospital to establish the BAC. The BAC limit to drive in all roads in Sacramento is set at 0.08%.

A driver is required to consent to the tests. If the driver refuses to submit to the testing, he/she may face punishments such as a temporary suspension of his/her driver’s license.

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