Drinking alcohol is normal for many adults in Virginia, and generally causes no harm. However, police will always be on the lookout for those they believe are driving under the influence, especially when an accident occurs.
According to data from the County Health Rankings, alcohol was a factor in 31 percent of traffic fatalities in Virginia over a four-year stretch of time. This is greater than the national average, which sits at 29 percent. Some counties fared better than others. For example, Chesterfield County saw a greater number of drunk driving fatalities. In that county, there were 48 traffic fatalities involving drunk drivers, which is greater than the commonwealth average and greater than the national average. Norfolk and Virginia Beach also saw a greater than average number of drunk driving fatalities.
It is important to keep in mind that roads in some counties are more difficult to traverse than roads in other counties. For example, a representative of the Chesterfield Police Department noted that Chesterfield County roads have may twists and turns and may lack shoulders, making them less forgiving than other types of roads.
So, if a motorist is charged with DUI following a crash, it is important to determine whether the motorist was intoxicated or whether poor road conditions led to the accident. While a motorist whose blood-alcohol content is 0.08 percent may be intoxicated per se, it is not unheard of for those with a lower BAC to be accused of DUI based on field sobriety tests or police observations. In either case, it is important to ensure that the traffic stop itself was lawful, and that any tests performed were objective and accurate. Subjective observations or a faulty breath test could be a reason for a motorist accused of DUI to fight the charges they face.