A driver may be intoxicated if
he or she
exhibits any of
the following behavior:
1. Fails to stay in lane or
weaves from one lane to next.
2. Drives without headlights at night.
3. Drives erratically - stops, turns, swerves suddenly or reacts slowly.
4. Narrowly avoids hitting objects or other vehicles.
5. Keeps windows open in cold or inclement weather.
6. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions.
7. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit.
8. Accelerating or decelerating quickly.
9. Turning with wide radius.
10. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions.
11. Slow response to traffic signals.
12. Stopping without cause in traffic lane.
13. Turning abruptly or
14. Braking erratically.
15. Driving into oncoming traffic.
16. Stopping inappropriately
other than in a traffic lane.
Alcohol Concentration ( BAC ) refers to the amount
of alcohol contained in a person's blood.
It is measured as weight per unit of volume.
Typically this measurement is converted to a percentage such
as 0.10%, which indicates that one-tenth of a percent of a
person's blood is alcohol.
In Wisconsin, the BAC legal
limit is 0.08 percent, which is also the
level at which all drivers, even experienced drivers, are impaired with
respect to critical driving skills.
Alcohol can cause double or multiple vision and blurring.
It also reduces peripheral vision, making it difficult to see
vehicles approaching from the right.
Loss of concentration
Drinking may cause drowsiness.
When alertness decreases, the chances of having an accident
Slowed reaction time
Drinking slows reflexes and hinders coordination.
Drivers who can't react quickly are a hazard to themselves and others.
Alcohol acts like an anesthetic, dulling areas of the brain that
enable people to make sensible decisions.
Risks of Alcohol
People fail to recognize alcohol's handicapping effects.
Some drinkers mistakenly think that alcohol improves their driving
People foolishly believe that coffee, a cold shower, exercise or
fresh air can sober them up.
Time is the only way to sober up.
Some people lack experience as drivers.
The result may be unpredictable driving behavior when they are drunk,
possibly leading to tragedy.
People don't realize that
beer and wine are just
as potent as hard liquor.
12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine and 1.5 oz. of 80 proof
liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol.