Even with harsh DUI laws in place, many people still get behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink, putting everyone else at risk. In Connecticut, Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-227a states:
No person shall operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both. A person commits the offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both if such person operates a motor vehicle (1) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both, or (2) while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content.
Under that statute, elevated blood alcohol content generally means “eight-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol,” or .08 or higher. However, as stated in Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-227g, for a driver under 21 years old, it is .02 or higher.
Those who have been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver can use evidence that the driver was operating a vehicle while under the influence of liquor or drugs in violations of § 14-227a of the Connecticut General Statutes to show that the driver was at fault for the crash. Examples of such evidence include witness testimony, blood tests, and expert testimony.