The state of Florida has strict laws when it comes to punishing people who are convicted of a DUI. Measures such as mandatory ignition interlock devices for certain offenders are intended to discourage drinking and driving. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 676 people in Florida were killed in a fatal car accident last year when the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.
A recent study points out that impairment can begin much sooner than that legal threshold, especially in older Americans. Researchers at the University of Florida evaluated the effect that just one alcoholic beverage can have on two age groups: those who are 25 to 35 years old and those who are 55 to 70 years old.