The Law Office of Bardsley & Gray wants to warn Southern Massachusetts drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving as we approach the New Year. According to sources, New Years Eve is the 7th most deadly day for drivers due to the high number of people commuting to see friends and family to ring in the new year. An average of 130 deaths occur on New Years Eve as a result of driving under the influence.

In Massachusetts, nearly 1,370 people lost their lives between 2003 and 2012. These could have been prevented if the individuals at fault were more aware of the repercussions as well as the rules that dictate what drunk driving is.

Understanding Massachusetts DUI Laws

As with many other states around the country, driving under the influence is calculated by determining an individual’s BAC — or Blood Alcohol Content. BAC is the amount of alcohol in your system at one time, not necessarily the number of drinks you’ve had. Each type of alcoholic drink is different. Wine and beer have different alcohol percentages, for instance. Massachusetts states that if the driver has a BAC of 0.08% or higher and are 21 years or older and are operating a motor vehicle, this is driving under the influence and is a criminal offence.

The state of Massachusetts also has an open container law. This law states that it is illegal to have an opened alcoholic beverage container in the car while the car is moving, standing, or parked. It doesn’t matter if the bottle or can is finished or not, or whether someone is holding it or not (including a passengers) — either situation results in a $100 – $500 fine.

When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney

If you find yourself in a motor vehicle accident and the driver is found to be under the influence of drunks or alcohol, contact our New Bedford personal injury attorneys today. Driving under the influence not only creates a dangerous situation for the driver and all passengers, but also for other drivers on the road, even pedestrians and bicyclists. Contact the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray today for a free half hour consultation.