Crashes that are related to alcohol kill 10,000 people every year in the United States. The CDC says that one in three motor deaths can be blamed on alcohol use. People get behind the wheel while drunk even though they shouldn’t.
Laws have gotten harsher, warnings are given out more often. This doesn’t seem to stop those determined to drive while under the influence. The wrecking of motor vehicles is responsible for most of the deaths for people under 24. This is the case whether alcohol is there or not.
A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10 is more makes the driver way more likely to have an accident. Seven times more likely in fact. Bump that number up to .15, and a driver is 25 times more likely to have an accident.
The more a person drinks, the more likely they are to have a fatal accident. You think that knowing that people would be more careful but they aren’t.
Having a legal limit is a great deterrent. There is a problem with it though. Legal limits don’t take into account different body types and weight. The legal limit might be too much allowance for someone who doesn’t weigh a lot. So even if they are less than the legal limit they could be way too drunk to drive.
The current legal limit is .08. This gives the idea that it is okay to drive even a little drunk, as long as you’re not too drunk. That actually isn’t okay because you are still driving impaired.
You start being more unsafe as you drive with a BAC as low as .02. It can be harder to see or understand what you see even at that low a BAC. That can mean your reflexes are slower than normal. It can also be hard to do more than one thing at a time at that point.
Even at the legal limit of .08 as your BAC, you are still eleven times more likely to crash than if you hadn’t drunk. So if you have a six pack of beer you are 48 times more likely to have a severe accident.
Make sure you stay safe. If you’re going to be out drinking or it’s a drinking sort of holiday, arrange a ride. Be prepared not to drive. If you don’t have a way to do that, then don’t go out and drink. If you must drink then do so at home or at a friend’s. Be responsible.