On September 24, an alcohol impaired driver of a pickup, attempting to turn from Highway 18 in Dayton, Oregon onto SE Kreder Road, turned in front of a 2004 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle, causing a near head-on collision.

Oregon State Police took the driver into custody and lodged him in the Yamhill County Jail on the following charges:

* DUII – Alcohol

* Reckless Driving

* Recklessly Endangering another Person

Lower Blood Alcohol Limit Prevents Accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended that all states lower the legal blood alcohol limit from 0.08 to 0.05 to reduce the incidence of drunk driving accidents.

According to the NTSB, a driver with a 0.05 blood alcohol content is 1.38 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a sober driver, and a driver with a BAC of 0.08 is 2.69 times more likely to be in an accident.

What Is Your Alcohol Limit?

According to the University of Pittsburgh, a man who weighs 175 pounds can reach 0.05 after two drinks, and a woman who weighs 125 pounds can reach 0.05 after only one drink.

An individual’s BAC is affected by the following factors:

  • Gender
  • Body weight
  • Beverage
  • Number of drinks
  • Time span

Metabolism, body fat percentage and medication can affect the rate of absorption of alcohol by the body. It is better to be cautious and either drink less or allow plenty of time after drinking before you hit the road.

To calculate your blood alcohol content following a number of drinks see: http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/blood-alcohol-bac-calculator