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Posted: 6/6/2008 5:36:50 AM EST
It used to be .10, now in a lot of places its .08, and there are talks of it getting lowered again.

What would you make it if you had super law-changing powers?
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:42:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By Thatdude333:
It used to be .10, now in a lot of places its .08, and there are talks of it getting lowered again.

What would you make it if you had super law-changing powers?


I would make killing someone while drunk driving a capitol offense.

There would be no BAC restriction.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:43:00 AM EST
it should be scaled based on weight. A 250 lbs. male at .10 is less impaired than a 100 lbs. female at .07. I weigh 230 and I've used a portable breathalyzer (used at my friends house, he owned it) I was at .08 after 4 beers and I was not impaired in the least. (I still crashed at said friends house)
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:44:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By Torf:

Originally Posted By Thatdude333:
It used to be .10, now in a lot of places its .08, and there are talks of it getting lowered again.

What would you make it if you had super law-changing powers?


I would make killing someone while drunk driving a capitol offense.

There would be no BAC restriction.


And only if the accident was your fault.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:49:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
it should be scaled based on weight. A 250 lbs. male at .10 is less impaired than a 100 lbs. female at .07. I weigh 230 and I've used a portable breathalyzer (used at my friends house, he owned it) I was at .08 after 4 beers and I was not impaired in the least. (I still crashed at said friends house)


was anyone injured?
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:53:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By MACD:

Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
it should be scaled based on weight. A 250 lbs. male at .10 is less impaired than a 100 lbs. female at .07. I weigh 230 and I've used a portable breathalyzer (used at my friends house, he owned it) I was at .08 after 4 beers and I was not impaired in the least. (I still crashed at said friends house)


was anyone injured?


Just the girl I banged that night
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:55:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
it should be scaled based on weight. A 250 lbs. male at .10 is less impaired than a 100 lbs. female at .07. I weigh 230 and I've used a portable breathalyzer (used at my friends house, he owned it) I was at .08 after 4 beers and I was not impaired in the least. (I still crashed at said friends house)



What? BAC is already the scaled measure of intoxication. Maybe what you mean is that the NUMBER of drinks allowed should be scaled by weight, sex, which it is for the BAC measurement.

Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:56:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 5:59:11 AM EST by AcidGambit]
DUI should be a traffic infraction; a fine, walk home or call someone.

If you kill or injure someone, it should be the same charge as shooting or stabbing someone.

If they want to use the "impared" position, then we should toss a lot of old drivers, women, people from lower AL, and people who drive when they are tired.

I've done work with the MADD people around here and have found them to be the biggest bunch of hypocrites around.

ETA: We've played with the portable test units before (LE ones) and I've blown a .14 and been fine... Different people handle booze differently, at different times too.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 5:56:39 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 6:01:51 AM EST by sleepdr]
I have no sympathy for drunk drivers, because I've taken care of too many of their victims. Often the drunk one is fine and it's the others who suffer.

One night we had a guy and his daughter in adjoining operating rooms, reported to be victims of DUI. I was taking care of the father, and we managed (just barely, and I mean pushing incredibly high doses of lifesaving drugs) to keep him alive long enough to get to the ICU for his family to see him alive one last time. You see, we didn't want both the father and daughter to die in the operating room. That was a very bad night.

Getting old and not knowing you are impaired is one thing. Drinking and then getting behind the wheel is a conscious decision. I'm not saying that other drivers aren't sometimes impaired by age/illness/cell phones/etc. What I am saying is that drinking and driving is a willful, negligent act that can result in tragedy. Just because someone says they can drive fine while intoxicated doesn't make it true. Others will say they have practiced enough to be able drive fine with alcohol on board. This stuff affects decision making, reaction time, and coordination - you can't fight biochemistry with bravado by claiming you're immune to the effects.

That argument will hold ZERO water with me, since I chemically intoxicate people every day and am intimately familiar with the effects. Some of our drugs act on the brain almost identically to alcohol.
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