There are a lot of things in this world that work well together. Cookies and milk, Batman and Robin, hugs and kisses, Lady and Gaga, and auto repair Peoria and you have all proven to be some of the most successful combinations out there. However, not all dynamic duos are meant to be. Ranking amongst the top ten of least successful combinations in the world is drinking and driving.
Most people don’t intend any harm when they decide to drink and drive. However, while harm may not be intended it cannot always be avoided. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded that in 2014 nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths occurred from alcohol-impaired drivers. Their statistics also show that the younger a drunk driver is the more likely they are to be in a fatal crash. Other substances can influence our driving besides alcohol, as well. Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes have involved drivers under the influence of drugs (legal and illegal). So make sure to check if any prescribed medicines may influence your driving capability.
What if it’s only a little alcohol? Would it really impair a driver that much? An article on WebMD.com states, “…Drivers who tested positive for blood alcohol at levels well-below the legal BAC limit were more likely to be in severe car accidents than sober drivers largely because they drove significantly faster, were less likely to be appropriately using a seatbelt, and were usually driving the striking vehicle.” The CDC reports that even .02% blood alcohol concentration can impair visual functions and multitasking abilities.
Drinking and driving is very dangerous. Designating a sober driver or using taxi-type services such as Uber can instead mitigate the risk of drunk driving. So why take a chance? Thank you for driving safely and drinking responsibly.
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