Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense. However, it is one that can easily happen to people that would otherwise never break the law. When people recreationally drink, they may not realize when they have had too much. In some cases, a person can reach the legal limit after only a small or moderate amount of alcohol. This mistake, however, can affect their lives for years to come.
It is widely known that in Oregon, people under the age of 21 are not permitted to purchase or use alcohol. This drinking limit is in place across the United States to help keep young adults and teenagers safe. However, it is also widely understood that many young people recreationally drink alcohol. In response to this, Oregon has created a zero tolerance policy. Many may question what exactly this policy entails.
A Portland man claims that he does not remember getting behind the wheel of a car after partying at his sister's house recently. According to reports, the man has told police that it was the first time in a long time that he had drank alcohol before getting into his mom's car and driving away.
While people may think that it could never happen to them, it is easy to be caught driving drunk. People may not even realize that they are over the legal limit until they are stopped by police. In some cases, it doesn't take that much alcohol to reach a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent. In some cases, people may not realize that they have had too much to drunk until it is too late. In a recent case highlighted in this blog post, a man was arrested for DUI only after apparently causing a serious car accident.
With a recovering economy, money is tight for many people. People often don't have extra money to pay for unnecessary expenses. People may turn to cheaper forms of entertainment -- like drinking with friends -- to fill their time instead of more expensive options. However, Oregon residents should be aware that being convicted of drunk driving can lead to financial consequences.
A car accident in Oregon will often lead to an investigation by police. They police will try to determine why the accident occurred. If they believe that alcohol was a factor in the incident, the driver or drivers could face criminal charges for driving under the influence.
There are certain times of the year when Oregon residents are more likely to be out drinking. During these times, police understand that there are likely to be more people on the roads who have been drinking and driving. Therefore, police increase patrols in order to try and make as many arrests as possible. These times of the year traditionally include New Years' Eve, Saint Patrick's Day and Super Bowl Sunday.
The holidays are a time for joy and celebration for many Oregon families. People from all over the state get together to have fun, eat food and drink. Many of these celebration can last all day or for many days at a time. During all the fun, it is easy for people to consume too much food or drink without even noticing. While many people may feel the ill effects later in the evening, some realize too late -- after they have been pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
People who may have made the mistake of driving after having too much to drink generally want to avoid the police. If a police officer spots a potential drunk driver, the person can face serious penalties. However, if an accident -- or some other incident -- occurs and police are notified, charges will generally follow.