What is the point of blood alcohol level if buzzed driving is drunk driving?!

Question: What is the point of blood alcohol level if buzzed driving is drunk driving?
"Since 1990 it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle in California with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08%"

So, if I drive with a blood alcohol content below 0.08% I am good to go.. Aren't some people buzzed around that area? What's the point of the BAC then if they claim you're just as dangerous with a BAC below 0.08%?


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There has to be a legal level you can't cross. And 0.08% has, probably very arbitrarily, been decided to be that level.

Some people won't be safe to drive below that level, others may be OK slightly above it.

Why ask why? You are good to go only based on that reading below if the police deem you safe. I have been given sobriety tests a@ 0.06 BAC and allowed to go on my way. One one occasion they Highway officer told me to sit in my car for another hour before driving again and I did just that. I feel that marijuana is more dangerous as it also slows reaction time, blurs vision, and cause a person to hallucinate. But we do not often test for its use so alcohol is the thing for now. So I agree that it must be something and for now its 0.08 but it has been discussed to be lower at 0.05. The point is 0.08 is a point were most people can still deal with it and react wisely.

They have two levels of drunk driving. Above 0.08% BAC is Driving Under the Influence and I think the other is between 0.04-0.08% which is Driving While Ability Impaired. So the levels are there to judge the severity of the offense.

I don't know much but I do know drinking

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