Many individuals in Arizona believe that there is a spectrum of being drunk as it relates to operating a car. On one end of the scale, there are “people who passed out from drinking alcohol”, with “tipsy” falling somewhere in the middle, and then the other end of the spectrum being reserved for what’s known as “buzzed.” People who have had one or two drinks may refer to themselves as buzzed. According to a recent research study, however, even individuals at the buzzed end of the spectrum could still be at risk of causing critical car crashes.

Bear in mind that it is never safe for you to get behind the wheel of a car if there is too much blood alcohol content in your system. This removes your ability to react quickly and can also impair your judgement significantly. Both of these are critical for operating a car safely across the roads in Arizona.

Even if you think that you are safe enough to drive, causing an accident and having the onsite police officer test you for blood alcohol content could leave you with a personal injury liability claim as well as criminal penalties if you are accused of a DUI. If you plan to be drinking on any given day or night, you need to have plans for how you will get home safely.

This could include getting a ride with a friend, using public transportation, or walking. You should never get behind the wheel of a car, even if you think that the impact of the alcohol you have consumed is minimal. It can be difficult to determine how much the buzzed feeling will contribute to your decreased faculties. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to drunk driving in Arizona. If you believe that you or a friend is too heavily impacted by alcohol to drive, do the right thing and find alternative transportation. This can help you avoid serious criminal and civil penalties. Individuals who have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Arizona caused by someone else may have grounds for a personal injury claim.

The repercussions of a serious drunk driving accident could continue to haunt you for years to come. So simply avoid buzzed driving and never get behind the wheel of your car if you suspect that you have been influenced by alcohol enough to impair your judgment.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Buzzed Driving and Car Accidents,  or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.