Every year almost 20,000 people are killed in accidents involving people (or persons) under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That means that someone is killed from alcohol-related accidents approximately every 7 hours and 29 minutes. These types of accidents end up costing the nation almost $50 billion dollars each year. Which is a rise of 4% since 1994.
Every year, the police give a breath test to 1.2 - 1.4 million car drivers and about 7,000- 10,000 boat drivers to eliminate drunken drivers endangering traffic. If a person is suspected of drunken driving he/she is submitted to a blood test. The police can learn that a person is guilty of drunken driving by a special accuracy breath-analyzer, which analyses the alcohol content in the persons system.
A person can be found guilty of drunk driving when he/she is driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol so that: the alcohol content in their blood during the drive or after it is at least 0.5 per mille. OR he/she has at least 0.25 mg. of alcohol in a liter of exhalation of the air. Drunken driving can result in a fine or maximum imprisonment of three months imprisonment.
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