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What constitutes drunk driving under Colorado law?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2021 | Drunk Driving

Summer is party time for many in Colorado with all the holiday celebrations, family gatherings, barbecues and block parties going on. Beer, wine and liquor are often served at these events and most people drink responsibly. However, there will always be those who make the risky decision to drive after drinking. This could possibly lead to drunk driving charges.

What is considered drunk driving in Colorado?

Most people in Colorado know that if your blood-alcohol level is above 0.08 or greater, you will be deemed to be too drunk to drive. However, in Colorado you are also considered to be too drunk to drive if you are substantially incapable of operating your vehicle safely, even if your BAC is below 0.08%. If you are impaired to the slightest decree you could be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI).

How does a BAC below the legal limit affect your driving ability?

Even if your BAC is below the legal limit, it can still affect your driving abilities. For example, a person with a BAC of 0.05% could find their coordination and ability to track moving objects are reduced. They may find it more difficult to steer their vehicle and they may also experience a reduction in their response to emergency situations on the roadway. Even those with a mere 0.02% BAC could experience a decline in their visual functions.

Learn more about drunk driving in Colorado

Those who are accused or drunk driving in Colorado may face numerous charges depending on their situation. Drunk driving charges have serious consequences. Those who have been accused of drunk driving will want to make sure the understand their rights and options. Our firm’s website may be a good resource for those who find themselves in such a situation.