High BAC Equals High Risk

Published by Michael Hoban on

When people consume alcohol, the effects on their decision making and reaction times gradually slow down. Although alcohol affects people differently, at the end of the day if your blood alcohol content or BAC is at, above, or between .05 – .08, police may arrest you for DUI. For a long time, a .08 BAC was the standard for DUI, but at .05 police can make an arrest if you show signs of impairment. So, if you plan on driving after drinking, consider what your BAC, how much you’ve drunk, and how much time elapsed since the last one.

BAC Guidelines

If you want to estimate what your BAC is after each drink considers this guide produced by the Illinois Sec. of State’s office. As the guide states, 1 drink equals about .54 ounces of pure alcohol, but the concentration may change depending on the person pouring it. Although one drink is unlikely to raise your BAC past .01 or .02, be aware your reaction times may be slower. The drinks you consume after that accelerate your BAC which further effects and impairs your driving.

BAC Past .04

When your BAC reaches .04 your decision making becomes heavily affected. At .05 and beyond, as stated before, police can make a DUI arrest if you show signs of impairment. The statistics around drivers who have a BAC over .06 your chances of getting in a fatal accident double that of a driver who is sober. If a driver’s BAC is at or above .08, the chances increase to 11 times more than a driver who is sober. 

Take-Home Message

Hopefully, you have been convicted of DUI, but if you are or have you likely will need Sr-22 insurance. Although it is not actually insurance, getting Sr-22 insurance is proof of financial responsibility as is required of most high-risk drivers. So, along with your sr-22 insurance, you will need a standard auto policy to legally drive in Illinois.