Message Monday - Blowing .08 is like blowing $10,000

8-20 message mondayWhat is a drink worth to you? In Iowa, a typical conviction for your first offense of operating while intoxicated costs about $10,000 when you factor in legal fees, fines, higher insurance rates, and paying for rides. 

How much is too much? It is difficult to calculate how many drinks it takes until a driver is over the legal limit because everyone is different. The law, however, is the same: Any BAC (blood alcohol content) 0.08 percent or higher is considered legally “drunk.” That being said, even a single drink can affect your driving, motor skills, and reaction time. Here are some facts to think about.

At BAC 0.02 percent, your:

  • Visual functions such as rapid tracking of a moving target decline.
  • Ability to perform two tasks at the same time decline.

At BAC 0.04 percent, commercial drivers are considered legally drunk.

At BAC 0.05 percent, your:

  • Coordination is reduced.
  • Ability to track moving objects is reduced.
  • Steering becomes difficult.
  • Response to emergency driving situations is reduced.

At BAC 0.08 percent, drivers are considered legally drunk,

Not aware of how it feels to drive drunk? Watch this (F-bomb alert! No worries they are bleeped out)

For 2018, there have been 191 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of 10 since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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