If there’s a question in your mind as to whether it’s okay to drink and drive after “just one” drink, the answer is no. It’s not about how you feel, or even if you’re legally intoxicated because numerous research has shown that impairment starts before your BAC level reaches .08. In fact, studies reveal that even at a .02 BAC level, people can begin to relax and experience some loss of judgment. At this level you can already lose the ability to track a moving object and a lower ability to do two tasks at once like watching the road and driving. Furthermore, at a .05 BAC level a person begins to have reduced coordination, more difficulty tracking moving objects and a slower reaction time.
By the time the BAC level reaches .08, which is generally 2 drinks for a 120 pound woman and 4 drinks for an 180 pound man, the individual has poor muscle coordination which affects speech, sight, hearing, reaction time and balance. The reasoning, memory and decision-making abilities are diminished as well. This slower reaction time translates to a hazardous driver behind the wheel. The individual may not even notice or realize it, but he can be deadly to himself and others.
The best solution is to simply make sure that you don’t get behind the wheel when out drinking. You’ve heard it a million times, but to spare yourself the danger and heartache of a possible accident or the hassle of a DUI ticket, designate a sober driver or hire a taxi.
If you’ve made the unfortunate mistake of driving while under the influence and been caught, most judges will require DUI or alcohol awareness classes as part of the punishment. One way to accomplish this is to take them online. These distance-learning classes are available from any Internet based computer, in any of the 50 states.
There are a number benefits to taking a course on your computer. First of all, you will save yourself the time and hassle it takes to get to a traditional classroom. If your licensed has been revoked, it will save you from having to find a friend or pay for a driver to get you there. Furthermore, once you register for the course, it will become immediately available to you on your computer screen. This enables you to take the class whenever you have free time so you don’t have to miss any work or school time. It also gives you the opportunity to take the class at a faster pace then you would if you had to follow a traditional schedule. Specifically, a 16 -hour in-person class could take 4 months to finish. 16-hour online alcohol and drug awareness classes or DUI classes like those provided by the AJ Novick Group, Inc., can be finished in one weekend if necessary.
We suggest that all clients get prior approval from their judge, probation officer or legal system to take an online class. Some jurisdictions across the country might not expect offenders to attend classes in-person, so double-check to make sure this way of learning will be accepted by your court.
Take an online DUI class today for an interesting educational experience and a more convenient format!