Your Legal Dictionary: Kansas City Drunk Driving Definitions
Alcohol-impaired: In all fifty states, a driver is considered to be alcohol-impaired if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per decileter (g/dL) or higher.
Alcohol-impaired Fatality: Any fatality occurring in a crash where at least one driver has a BAC of .08 or higher. However, this does not always mean the crash was a direct result of alcohol impairment.
Alcohol-involved: A driver is considered to be alcohol-involved if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .01 grams per decileter (g/dL) or higher. The term “alcohol-involved” may also be used when alcohol test results are unknown.
Alcohol-involved Fatality: Any fatality occurring in a crash where at least one driver has a BAC of .01 or higher or the result of alcohol testing is unknown. However, this does not always mean the crash was a direct result of alcohol impairment.
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC): BAC is measured in grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters (decileter) of blood (g/dL). A BAC of .01 indicates that .01 grams of alcohol are present per 100 milliliters of blood. In the United States, a driver with a BAC of .08 is legally intoxicated. However, a driver may be considered impaired at lower BAC levels.
Hardcore Drunk Driver: A hardcore drunk driver is any driver who drives with a BAC of .15 or higher or drives drunk repeatedly (has had more than one drunk driving arrest). These drivers often continue their reckless behavior despite sanctions, treatment or driver education efforts.
Repeat Offenders: A repeat offendere is any driver who has more than one intoxicated driving conviction within a three year period.
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