What is the California blood alcohol limit?

I’m a musician—whenever I play gigs, I always have a few drinks leading up to the show and maybe a few afterward. I drive to my gigs, so I just want to make sure I don’t overdo it. What’s the blood alcohol limit in California?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Jun 20, 2022
It’s cool that you’re playing regular gigs! Whether you’re playing a gig in San Diego, San Francisco, LA, or somewhere else, the California blood alcohol limit is .08 or 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood.
If you’re pulled over and blow higher than a .08, you’re at risk for a number of penalties:
  • Jail time between four days and six months
  • License suspension of 30 days to 10 months
  • Fines between $1,400 and $2,600, not including court costs
  • Possible requirement of an ignition interlock device
Due to the far-reaching consequences of a DUI, it’s always best to avoid drinking if you’re going to drive. If you get a DUI, you will also face increased car insurance premiums. Hopefully, you never get a DUI, but if you do, make sure to use the Jerry app to find the best rate for your car insurance coverage.
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