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When you’re partying at night in Colorado, it’s sometimes tempting to drive home after you’ve had a few drinks. Your vision isn’t blurry and you can still concentrate, so you probably won’t get into an accident, right? In reality, “buzzed” driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. And if you’re caught with alcohol in your system, you could be facing fines and prison time.

Why is buzzed driving just as dangerous as drunk driving?

For anyone over 21, the legal blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, level is 0.08. This gives some people the impression that it’s safe to drive if they have a BAC of 0.07 or less. However, driving with any amount of alcohol in your blood can be dangerous. In fact, studies have shown that people who drive with a low BAC are still nearly 50% more likely to cause a car accident than sober drivers.

If you’re caught driving with a BAC of 0.08 or more, you could be charged with DUI. This could result in fines, jail time, license suspension and more. Additionally, you’ll be much more likely to get in a serious car accident. In 2017, over 10,000 people died in car accidents that involved drunk driving.

Not only does alcohol increase the likeliness of an accident, but it also makes the accident more severe. A study showed that accidents caused by drunk driving are 40% more likely to be severe than accidents where both drivers were sober.

What should you do if you’re facing DUI charges?

If you’re being charged with a DUI, you still have certain rights that should be upheld. An attorney may be able to protect your rights during the trial and ensure that you get a fair hearing. Your attorney might also help you keep your driver’s license.