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Stress and culture may explain veteran drinking rates

Binge drinking and drunk driving is having a significant impact on veterans in Missouri and throughout the country. In 2016, the percentage of veterans who drove while under the influence of alcohol was 2.5 percent according to a study by the American Addiction Centers. That was a 60 percent increase from 2014, and male veterans were more likely to drive drunk than female veterans. California, Kentucky and Washington, D.C., were the three states where this was most likely to happen.

One of the reasons that veterans seem to be drinking more in recent years has to do with stress and the impact of PTSD. Officially, up to 20 percent of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD. However, the actual number could be as high as 30 percent. In some cases, veterans drink alcohol in an effort to self-medicate even though that is likely to make the problem worse.

Missouri DUI laws regarding commercial vehicle drivers

Commercial vehicle drivers can be facing a different situation than other motorists when accused of drunk driving. This is due to the special rules Missouri DUI law has in place when it comes to commercial vehicles.

For one, there are special rules regarding BAC limits. For most drivers here in Missouri, the BAC threshold that automatically triggers a DUI offense is 0.08. However, when a person is driving a commercial vehicle, he or she is subject to a lower limit. It is against the law for a person to drive a commercial vehicle in the state with a BAC of 0.04 or higher.

How to get a suspended license back after DWI

Missouri drivers can have their licenses suspended for a multitude of reasons: Reckless driving, speeding and having too many points on your driver’s license. However, one of the most common reasons that Missouri drivers have their licenses suspended is for driving while intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol or drugs.

One of the penalties for a DWI includes license suspension or revocation. In order to regain your driving privileges after a DWI conviction, you must complete or serve the administrative penalties laid out by Missouri law.

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