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What are the Corresponding Penalties with DUI and DWI Law Violation in San Jose?

If you drive in San Jose city, whether you are a local or you’re just a visitor, you need to know that having car insurance in San Jose is just one of the basics to follow but also the ‘Driving under influence’ and ‘Driving while intoxicated/impaired’ laws. It has been proved that these substances decrease the human’s mental capacity and leads to slower motor reaction. Therefore, drivers’ ability to control their vehicles will dramatically decrease leading to higher risks of traffic collisions.

In San Jose city, the maximum allowed BAC level (the Blood Alcohol content) is 0.04% for commercial drivers, 0.08% for drivers over 21 years, and 0.01% for drivers under 21. Any BAC level detected to drivers less than 18 years is punishable.

AutoInsuranceInSanJoseBetter choose not to drive if you are drunk because you will represent a risk for all other drivers and even for yourself. Secondly, you might get harsh punishments if a police officer stops you while you’re driving your car. In case you are drunk and still decided to drive, once caught a police officer will surely request you to perform an alcohol breath test or blood test to verify your BAC level. However, you are allowed to refuse this test but will result to harsh consequences. You will have your driver’s license suspended for an entire year for first offense, for a second offense you will lose your driving privilege for a period of two years and, if you found yourself at the third offense, you will have no more the right to drive your vehicle for three consecutive years. In addition, points will be added to your driver’s license and you could also have your driver’s license revoked if you are found to have violated the DWI or DUI laws. Moreover, you might not be eligible for some insurance companies anymore. There are carriers that are not willing to sign auto insurance policies with repeated offence drivers.

If you decide to submit the breath or blood test required by the police officer and the results exceed the maximum allowed BAC level, the arresting officer will confiscate your driver’s license and release you a notice of license suspension or revocation (depending the case) with a 30 days driving permit. You will also be automatically reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

In addition to the BAC level regulations, here are some other rules to respect to avoid specific penalties: drivers less than 21 are not allowed to carry unsealed beer, wine or liquor in their vehicle while they driving alone and they are also not allowed to consume alcohol in any form (even the cough syrup and prescription drugs can affect the BAC level, therefore these substances must not be consumed before or while driving a vehicle); drivers under 18 years should not drive with any measurable blood alcohol concentration; finally, another regulation mention that repeat offenders should not drive with a BAC level equal or greater than 0.01%.

It is always better to avoid drunk driving. It’s not only dangerous for yourself but for others as well and it could bring you severe legal actions as punishments. In order to find out how DWI/DUI law violations could impact your car insurance in San Jose, enter you zip code here.