It is a common misconception that it is illegal to “drink and drive.” The act of drinking and driving is not illegal depending on the driver, but the act of drinking too much and driving is. States across the United States have set legal limits on what a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) should be in order to establish a mechanism for tangibly assessing whether a driver has had too much to drink. You will help defend yourself and others you care for if you know what the legal BAC limits are, explaining blood alcohol concentration.
The level of alcohol in a volume of blood is referred to as your blood alcohol concentration. It is used to determine the degree of intoxication. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be above the legal limit when driving, it will be taken as evidence of your criminal intoxication, and you will most likely be charged with a DUI/DWI.
Each state has the authority to establish its own set of BAC legal limits. Many states, such as Texas, have adopted a stricter approach to setting BAC limits. The following legal restrictions exist in Texas:
• Any driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is breaking the rule.
• It is illegal for a motor vehicle driver to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.03; • It is illegal for someone under the legal drinking age of 21 to have a BAC of more than 0.01.
If you are found in breach of the above BAC limits while in Texas, you will be arrested, charged with driving while intoxicated, and your licence may be revoked.