Drinking alcohol is now the norm at every social or recreational event. The influence of alcohol kicks in even at very low concentrations. This influence varies from person to person depending on the physique, weight and age of the driver. Alcohol affects us right from our first drink!
Remember, there is a price to pay for drunk driving!
- Alcohol impairs the judgment and driving skills of the person behind the wheel
- Alcohol reduces visual acuity
- Alcohol decreases peripheral vision (leads to tunnel vision)
- Alcohol prolongs the visual recovery time from headlamp glare
- Alcohol significantly slows the driver's speed of response
- Alcohol causes a feeling of tiredness and may even induce sleep
- Alcohol generates a false sense of increased self-confidence and control over the vehicle
- New drivers; drivers under the age of 24; drivers of commercial or work vehicles the overall permitted weight of which, according to the vehicle licence, exceeds 3,500 kg; and drivers of paid-transport passenger vehicles, are forbidden to drive under the influence of alcohol if the blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds 50 micrograms of alcohol per liter of exhaled breath, or 10 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.
- All other drivers are forbidden to drive a vehicle with a BAC exceeding 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, or 240 micrograms of alcohol per liter of exhaled breath.
- If the police suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, they are permitted to request that you pass a roadside breath test or provide a blood or urine sample for a lab test. The penalty for refusing to undergo such a test - imprisonment for a year or a fine of NIS 10,000.
- If found driving under the influence of alcohol, your driving licence is liable to be suspended on the spot by a police officer for a period of 30 days. This penalty is not in lieu of sentencing by a court.
- If convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, your driving licence will be revoked by the court for a two-year period.
- If convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, 10 demerit points will be assigned to your record, according to the current point system.
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 June 2012 10:42