He said he thought he was driving the usual single-decker, and forgot he had a double up top. How many of us when stone cold sober have at times forgotten we had a trailer on the back, or a bicycle on the roof bars?
Re: "Three times the legal limit," this is only shocking if you know what the legal limit is. If the legal limit were zero, you might be three times the limit by just inhaling while strolling down a sidewalk past a pub without going in.
I am having a hard time converting 97 mg to the US Blood Alcohol Concentration percentage (BAC). The closest I can figure is that he tested at the equivalent of a BAC of 0.103%
In the US, a BAC of 0.100% used to be the division between DWI or legal. But the Feds pressured all the states to change this to 0.080%.
The current levels in this state are:
0.040% - legal limit for commercial truck and bus drivers
0.060% - not DWI (intoxicated), but DWAI (driving while ability impaired) This is a misdemeanor. Often first offense DWI could be pleaded down to DWAI until the State Legislature forbade the practice.
0.080% - DWI, misdemeanor 1st offense, felony for children in the car or repeat offense. After 10 years, the previous offense does not count. The plea to DWAI was used to prevent any second offense being raised to a felony.
0.180% - Felony DWI, even first offense
Police often stop motorists operating with BAC of 0.240% to sometimes an extreme of 0.450%
It's not OK that Gurdeep put the students in jeopardy, and his BAC must have been receding at the time of the accident from a much higher level attained during the all-nighter. But the level of 0.103% would be equal to only 2 to 4 recent pints of beer, depending on the drinkers' body size.
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.