According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “About every
20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.”
TxDOT goes on to urge drivers to take responsibility for their actions
and to not drink and drive.
If you’re like a lot of people, you’re not sure how much alcohol
is too much. “Impairment begins with the first drink,” says
TxDOT. Of course, your gender, body weight, how much food you’ve
eaten, how many drinks you’ve had, and the strength of your drinks
all play a role in how well your body handles the alcohol.
“Two or three beers in an hour can make some people legally intoxicated,”
says TxDOT. If you’re a woman, or if you’re young or have
a small body, you can become impaired with less alcohol, according to TxDOT.
Driving While Intoxicated in Texas
Like other states, in Texas you’re considered “legally impaired
or intoxicated” when your
blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above .08%. This means that if your BAC is .08%, you can
be arrested and charged with
driving while intoxicated (DWI).
It’s important to note that you
can be arrested and charged with DWI for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
if your BAC is below the legal limit. Also, if you’re caught with
an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, you can face up to a $500
fine, even if you’re a passenger in the backseat!
Penalties for a first DWI in Texas:
- A fine not to exceed $2,000
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to one year loss of driver’s license
- Annual fee up to $2,000 for three years to keep your driver’s license
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