• May 16th 2013 at 11:03AM
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Reporter drives drunk even under the limit


Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended the drunk-driving limit be lowered from .08 to .05. Blood Alcohol Content. To test the new limit, News 10 reporter Suzanne Phan got a little tipsy for journalism.

At 5-foot-1 and 100 pounds, she is smaller than the average American, and after pounding two beers in 20 minutes, law enforcement put Phan to the test to see if she was sober enough to drive.

Phan does terribly with a BAC of just .076. Although she's under the current limit of .08, she crashed her simulated car within a minute-and-a-half of getting in the driver's seat. She then completely failed the field sobriety test, losing her balance and miscalculating 12 seconds as 30 seconds. This reporter could have gotten a D.U.I even while under the limit because of her impairment.

"It goes back to those individuals and drivers and members of the community," Officer Adrian Quintero told News 10. "They need to understand if you consume one beer or so, it's going to affect anybody's ability to operate a vehicle safely."



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      • 2 Years Ago
      How often is the drunk person behind a wheel an Asian woman causing damages and losses? Come on, let's compare apples to apples. This was a test with ulterior motives to prove someone's side of the equation. I am certainly against drunk driving, but I know of several people that have been burned exactly at, or slightly over .08 reading. But, they had only one recent glass of beer or wine. In these cases they are being severely penalized for the shortcomings of certain types of people that simply cannot tolerate any alcohol consumption without becoming completely impaired. Unfortunately, society cannot use logical human judgement, as humans are far from perfect. Imagine that! Non-humanity math is then used to judge and take legal actions on people.
      Kelli OConnell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why lower it? For the people who do drink and know there limits and do not have a DWI or OUI on there record. I say if you already have a DWI or OUI on your record then YES THEY should be at the 0.05. not the people who dont have anything on there record!
      jerryppi
      • 2 Years Ago
      It appears no one will be able to go to dinner and have a drink or so without being classified as a criminal Do not ask the police questions about safety. They only know how to impose. They would impose anything without question if it was the law As George Orwell predicted Big Brother will control our lives. Don't let it happen JD
      bba007
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do the sobriety type test on marijuana smokers after smoking a couple joints. Let's see what their impairment might be.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok lets use facts instead of a reporter acting to prove a point. Weight has little effect on your Blood Level Content. One 12oz beer is .25 BAC two beers equal .50 BAC not .76 BAC no matter how long it takes you to drink the beer or how much you weigh. It also wears off at .15 BAC per hour She was just acting drunk for the story.
        jbatcheloresq
        • 2 Years Ago
        You are wrong. Weight does matter as the size of the person affects how much blood is in your system. The measurement is blood to alcohol ratio. How fast you drink also affects your score. From your own statement Blood Alcohol Content wears off so more per hour as your body processes the alcohol. It also takes a certain amount of time from the ingestion of the alcohol to the point where it registers in your blood. If you are ingesting faster than your body processes the alcohol, you can expect the BAC to be increasing. If your body is processing the alcohol and you are no longer ingesting it, your BAC will be going down. What people miss is that novice drinkers with .4 will show effects moreso than experienced drinkers will at twice the level.
        pjgblg
        • 2 Years Ago
        I see no facts in your comment!!!!!!!!! Body weight does matter, the speed with which you drink does matter (if you take an hour to drink a beer, nearly half the alcohol has been detoxified from your system by the time you finish), and tolerance does matter. If the reporter is not a regular drinker, she certainly would get "tipsy" after "chugging" two beers in 20 minutes. Additionally, some beer has a higher alcohol content than others, throwing a new variable into the mix.
        kejavas
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes, weight is a factor. Did you read the article? 2 beers for her =.076 and impairment begins with your first intake.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't know where you got your information but it is flawed. There are three determining factors in BAC. They are 1) how much alcohol you drink 2) how fast you drink it and 3) you body weight. There are other factors that may or may not have matter, such as how physically fit you are. Any 16 year old taking a drivers license test knows this.
        cowboys
        • 2 Years Ago
        Um...a bigger person has more blood in which to disperse the alcohol. Not to mention that spreading two beers apart would give the body time to metabolize the first one a bit before adding a second. Your "facts" are wrong.
      pattershow
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have an alcoholic brother that has passed a field sobriety test before blowing .22% BAC. Are we seriously making public policy to accommodate the lowest common denominator? How about sustaining .08 as the standard, but allowing officers leeway to arrest those who present a public hazard, even if they blow lower...
        pjgblg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pattershow
        alcohol impairs a person's ability to drive safely in ways that don't necessarily show up in a simple field sobriety test....with varying standards, depending on he officer/police department involved. (reduced peripheral vision, attention span, inability to process visual information quickly, reduced reaction time, etc. etc.
        kejavas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pattershow
        Public policy is made to protect people that are sensible and responsible from being kiled by people that dont get it that impairment ---even partial impairment can slow anyone's reaction down and cause death.
      spmazanek
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the control test? Give the same field sobriety test and simulated vehicle driving test to offer base line data. Maybe she'a a bad driver to begin with. Totally bogus test.
      Welcome MSGT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll drink to that.. Whatever you're talking about.
      cowboys
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay...NOBODY is affecting your right to consume alcohol. They are changing the law to affect how much is acceptable to OPERATE A VEHICLE. Everyone has different tolerances, and alcohol affects all people differently. Drink all you want, just stay off the road!
      tolson1957
      • 2 Years Ago
      total bias because everyone knows women can drive for crap anyway. lets see a test with a 200 lb man drink a beer every 15 min take a breath test....all this test proved was she's a crappy driver.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tolson1957
        Why is it based on her being a female? Female drivers can drive, so can men. It is a person's ability to drive. I have seen accident based on the female causing it and accidents based on men causing it. No sex is better at driving, although most men do seem to name their cars and have "special" bonds, but that does not mean somehow they are superior drivers. First off she is a petite female which is why the beer effected her so quickly and also if you do not consume alcohol daily your tolerance is different. I who is 5'5 109lb have outdrank men before and was able to walk away just fine. It is because your body will metabolize the alcohol differently if you drink often. The point is, the generally breath test is .08 which some people regardless of their sex or size would be considered impaired under that. So before driving make sure you are able to or take a damn cab and less people will be killed by a DUI.
      JackBurtonPE
      • 2 Years Ago
      She's an ASIAN WOMAN, of course she crashed...she would have done that sober!!!
      noetamayo
      • 2 Years Ago
      THIS IS JUST MORE BULLSHIT TO GET MORE MONEY AND PEOPLE IN JAIL BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRINK A GRAPE SODA WITH OUT GETING A DWI. THIS REPORTER IS STUPITER THAN SHE LOOKS DOES SHE REALLY THINK ANY ONE WILL BUY THIS ****!!!!!
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