Don’t drink & drive. It’s not safe & it’s definitely not legal.
I know you know that. What you probably don’t know are some facts associated with drinking and driving. Since it’s such a common rule, most people don’t bother to delve further into the offense. Reminding yourself of a few truths about drunk driving is helpful when it comes to making better decisions. Think you know everything there is to know? Maybe you do, but you probably haven’t thought about even the most obvious points in a while.
Here are a few digestible tidbits of information to keep in the back of your mind for when you need the most:
Drivers are more likely to be alcohol impaired at night than during the day. Three-quarters of the fatal accidents that occur on the road between midnight and three o’clock in the morning have something to do with alcohol.
In an effort to travel throughout your body, alcohol has to dilute itself. Some of your organs have more water than others, which makes them more likely to be affected by alcohol. One of these organs is the brain, which means that drinking any amount of alcohol can impair your mental functioning and response time. You can be under the legal limit and still be affected by alcohol.
Drunk driving claims one-third of all traffic accident deaths in the United States. Someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 seconds.
In New York, along with the rest of the country, you’re considered drunk if your blood-alcohol level is .08 or above. A guy who weighs about 170 pounds has to drink four alcoholic drinks in one hour, on an empty stomach, to reach this level. A girl who weighs about 140 pounds has to drink three alcoholic drinks in one hour on an empty stomach. Once you reach a blood-alcohol level of .08, it takes six hours for your body to get rid of the alcohol.
Drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .08 are about eleven times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than drivers who aren’t under the influence of alcohol at all. Often, drivers involved in fatal car accidents have a blood-alcohol level of more than .15, which is double the legal limit.
Fatal car accidents aren’t the only things to worry about. Collisions involving alcohol can be extremely detrimental, too. These collisions are twice as likely to occur during the weekend than on a week day.