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Preparing to take your written driver’s exam? Good news. Here is a mini-practice test to help you prepare. It is one in a series of tests designed to provide safe driving tips as well as help you pass the exam. You can also log online to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles,, and click on the application called “Take the Challenge” to access additional practice tests.

The official DMV drivers’ manual, also available at the above referenced web site, focuses on five important categories: Impaired Driving: Driver Responsibilities; Rules of the Road; Vehicle Equipment; and Intersections. Today’s practice test tackles the first of these key categories, Impaired Driving, a matter of life and death.

The questions that follow are similar to those you will encounter on the state exam. Though they are not taken from the actual exam, they will provide good practice, so let’s see how you do – good luck.

Practice Test

1 The penalties for a first time conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) may include:

a) A minimum fine of $1500.

b) A minimum of 72 consecutive hours of jail time.

c) Revocation of driving rights for a minimum of 90 days.

d) All of the above.

The correct answer is d) All of the above. DUI is a serious offense in Alaska. According to the Alaska DMV, impaired drivers kill someone in the United States every 30 minutes. That’s nearly 50 people a day, and almost 18,000 citizens a year. About 97 percent of Americans see impaired driving as a threat to themselves and their families. Are you one of them?

2 You can be arrested for a DUI while driving a 4-wheeler or a snow machine.

a) True

b) False

The correct answer is a) True. If you operate a motor vehicle (not just an automobile) with a breath alcohol concentration of .08 or more, by Alaska law you are presumed to be driving under the influence.

3 If you drink coffee after drinking alcohol, you will be sober enough to drive.

a) True

b) False

The correct answer is b) False.

After drinking there is nothing you can do but wait. Coffee, fresh air, food or a cold shower might help you wake up, but they won’t sober you up. Alcohol is burned up by the liver and eliminated from the body through the kidneys and lungs. Only time will help.

This is the end of the mini-test. How did you do? Alaska has some pretty tough laws against driving under the influence, and the Alaska Drivers’ exam will test your knowledge and understanding of them. So study up, and don’t drink and drive.

Wishing you many safe driving days ahead,

Ward Merdes

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