When people are drunk, they often end up eating a lot more food than they should. This is the reason that food trucks make so much money when they set up outside bars in Boston, for example. However, it is obviously very dangerous to go out driving to get that late night snack if you are too intoxicated to legally or safely drive a car.
The reason we say legally or safely, as opposed to just legally, is because a person can be below the legal limit of 0.08 grams of ethanol per hundred milliliters of blood and still too drunk to safety drive a car in manner that is not negligent. For that matter, a person can be found guilty of an operating under the influence (OUI) of intoxicating liquor, even if they are below a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The reason for this is because of is what is known as per se standard. Continue reading