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An ABC Guide to Understanding BAC

February 10, 2021 | Category: DUI

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says more than a quarter of all traffic-related deaths are the direct result of alcohol impairment. About 800 people per day are injured, and 30 people die in a drunk-driving crash.

An ABC Guide to Understanding BAC - Spivey LawFederal data show one-third of drivers arrested for DWI are young people between the ages of 21 and 24.

Florida law protects drivers from those driving under the influence. Section 316.193 Driving under the influence says:

 (1) A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence and is subject to punishment as provided in subsection (2) if the person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state and:

     (a) The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired;

     (b) The person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or

     (c) The person has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

"The amount of alcohol in a person’s body is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood (measured in grams per deciliter). This is called the blood alcohol concentration or BAC. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and the small intestine goes into the blood stream and travels throughout the body and to the brain. Alcohol is quickly absorbed and can be measured within 30 to 70 minutes after a person has had a drink,” according to the NHTSA.

Randall Spivey, Fort Myers DUI accident attorney, would like to share the NHTSA pamphlet titled “The ABCs of BAC.” The pamphlet includes helpful information including the effects of alcohol, medications, and drugs. Please access this pamphlet at ABCs of BAC.

Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. represents victims of drunk-driving accidents by passionately advocating for the rights of those who have suffered an injury or wrongful death because of the negligence of an intoxicated driver. We have achieved record verdicts and settlements against drunk drivers.

“Should you or a loved one be injured in a drunk-driving accident, please contact our firm after seeking medical attention. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. We provide personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation and are available 24/7. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you. If you would like to learn more about how our clients feel about working with our team, please go to Testimonials,” said Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.


Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.







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