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Alcohol Driving Montana

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#21 Nikcara


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Posted 16 June 2003 - 05:47 PM

LORD of the SWORD, on Jun 16 2003, 05:16 AM, said:

You're not taking into consideration a "designated Driver" A designated driver could be driving some friends, who might be drunk, and drinking. As long as the designated driver isn't drinking, it really shouldn't be a problem having a open container in the car...IMO
But how would you know if someone was drinking as they drove, and then just handed the alcohol to whoever they were driving with?

And for Rov's comment earlier about the difference between chugging a beer and then driving vs drinking and driving - if you chug a beer and go on the road, it's illegal because your blood alcohol will be too high.  Depending on the state laws about how much alcohol is allowed in your blood, how big you are, and how fast you metabolize your alcohol, it takes roughly an hour after a beer before you're legal to drive.  So either way if you get pulled over and the cop suspects alcohol, youre screwed.
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#22 Rov Judicata

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Posted 16 June 2003 - 05:59 PM

Delvo, on Jun 14 2003, 09:42 PM, said:

The former is done. The amount of alcohol in you is not going to go higher; in the short term it's fixed, and in the long term it'll go down. If it's not above the legal limit yet, it's not going to be.
Rhys-- Thanks for the clarification. It seems they're about the same then.

Delvo-- Which means that drinking one beer while driving is no worse than drinking one beer *before* driving. It's not that somebody can't put down alcohol, it's just that I don't see why they should choose to.I do see your point about alcoholics, but they presumably won't stop below the legal limit.

Nik--  Hey, if they're above the legal limit, then book 'em. I'm just failing to understand how the same amoutn of alcohol becomes inherently more dangerous if it's consumed while driving, instead of just before, assuming the blood alcohol levels are the same.

Let's play the numbers game:

I think .08 is a pretty standard legal limit for blood alcohol. If it's not, let's just pretend it is. ;).

I'd, personally, rather have somebody who's drinking currently that has a .02 BAC, then somebody that's not currently drinking who has a .04...
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#23 Lord of the Sword

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 04:48 AM

Nikcara, on Jun 16 2003, 02:48 AM, said:

But how would you know if someone was drinking as they drove, and then just handed the alcohol to whoever they were driving with?
By a breathalizer.
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