In the last year, there's been talk of lowering the current legal blood alcohol limit. Along with action in provinces, a proposal to lower the limit throughout Canada was presented as recently as August 2017. While the maximum legal blood alcohol limit for fully licensed drivers remains at 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, the discussion to lower the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood is far from over. What would happen if such a change does take place? How would it affect you? Here are some changes you will need to make.
Having a Drink After Work
You are in the habit of stopping by a tavern and having a drink or two with friends after work. You can still do that, but it will mean being more conscious of how much alcohol is found in each drink. Instead of having several, it would be wiser to either order things with lower alcohol content or cut back on the number of drinks you have during the happy hour. The goal is to make sure your BAC is always below the new legal limit.
Enjoying Yourself at Parties
No Toronto DUI lawyer would suggest you stop attending parties if the legal limit decreases. You can still have a wonderful time, although it could mean switching to non-alcoholic beverages earlier in the evening. The goal is to make sure you are fully sober before leaving the party and heading home. Doing so will ensure you are in complete control of the vehicle and pose no threat to yourself or anyone else who is on the road.
If you honestly think that it's not possible to enjoy the party without having a few too many, give your car keys to the host and arrange to spend the night. Better yet, call a cab to take you to the party and to pick you up afterwards. Leaving the driving to someone else ensures you will not end up in an accident or be pulled over for driving under the influence.
Drinking at Home
You may not think that drinking at home would be impacted by a change in the legal BAC. In most cases, it won't. That's because most of the time you will remain inside and far away from any vehicle.
There is one issue to consider. What if an emergency develops and you need to leave the home and travel to another location? If you've overindulged, it's not safe to be on the road even if you drive slowly and be careful.
In this scenario, it pays to leave the car in the driveway and call a friend. If not a friend, then call a taxi service. The point is to avoid getting behind the wheel at all costs. You could end up avoiding an accident that injures you and other people who are unlucky enough to be in the way.
Even if the limit does not change anytime soon, it pays to be responsible if you plan on drinking. Many Toronto DUI lawyers can attest to the fact that their clients could have avoided charges and all the associated problems if they had watched their intake and ensured they were sober enough before getting behind the wheel. Decide what you need to do to keep yourself and others safe, and the odds of being pulled over by the police will be much lower.