History of gm Essay

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history of gm


Drinking and Driving is dangerous to yourself and others around you. Alcohol is a

depressant; it impairs your ability to drive, slows down your reaction time and causes you

to make some risky decisions that you wouldn't normally take. The penalty for Drinking

and Driving is driving Under the Influence (DUI). If your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

registers over .08, which is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, you are

driving Under the Influence.

After having one drink it takes approximately one hour for your body to burn off

the alcohol. You can't depend on yourself to be able to drive after an hour because

everyone processes alcohol differently and you might even feel the effects long after

you've been drinking. Your BAC is based on; your bodyweight, how much you have had

to drink, the amount of food you may have eaten before drinking, the length of time over

which you have had alcohol, and the speed at which your own body processes alcohol

(once again, everyone's is different).

There is no way to make your body burn alcohol faster, eating food, drinking

coffee, exercising, or taking a cold shower may make you feel better but they have no

effect on your rate that alcohol is processed. The following drinks all contain about .5 oz

of alcohol; 12 oz of beer, 4 oz of wine, 1 oz of 80 proof liquors.

If you are under 21 in California it is also illegal to purchase alcohol or transport

alcohol unless accompanied by someone of the age 21 or over. It is also illegal to drive

with an open container of alcohol regardless of the age. Of course the penalty would be

more severe if the driver is under 21.The penalty for Driving Under the influence can be

any combination of the following; prison sentence, fine or license suspension. The

penalties can be altered depending on how much you've been drinking, past history of

drinking and driving, the amount of time between your past Driving Under the Influence

charges and the severity damage if you got in an accident.

If an officer suspects you of drinking Under the Influence, you will be forced to

pull over, perform a field sobriety test and give a breath sample. The officer must have

good reasons to request the test and breath sample. If you refuse to do so it will be

charged against you later if you are convicted driving Under the Influence.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, 1997) defines a fatal traffic crash as being alcohol-related
if either a driver or a non occupant (e.g., pedestrian) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01 grams per
deciliter (g/dl) or greater in a police-reported traffic crash.

Persons with a BAC of 0.10 g/dl or greater involved in fatal crashes are considered to be intoxicated. This is the legal
limit of intoxication in most states.

Traffic fatalities in alcohol-related crashes fell by 6 percent from 1996 to 1997. The
16,189 alcohol-related fatalities in

1997 (38.6 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year) represent a 32 percent reduction from the 23,641
alcohol-related fatalities reported in 1987 (51.0 percent of the total).

NHTSA estimates that alcohol was involved in 39 percent of fatal crashes and in 7 percent of all crashes in 1997.
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