DUI Laws And The Consequences Of Driving Drunk
By Cary Bergeron
Many states are starting to crack down on drunk driving and driving drunk. DUI and DWI laws across the nation are becoming stricter and being enforced with greater diligence. Why is drunk driving such as big deal? What happens to your body when you drink that makes driving so dangerous?
Alcohol can slow the brain by acting as a depressant. When you drink alcohol, some of the messages or signals your senses are sending to your brain are suppressed. That means you the fact that the car in front of you is stopping may not register with in your brain, or it may register far too late for you to react the way you need to. Alcohol in your system also makes you have a distorted picture of how you are moving. You may think, for instance, that you are moving in a straight line, when, in fact, you are staggering across the room. When you are driving, this makes it almost impossible to drive straight down the road.
When you drink and drive, you are putting yourself and others at risk. Many drunk drivers are killed because of their poor driving skills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for people in America who are under the age of 24, and about 40 percent of those deaths are somehow related to alcohol and drinking and driving. Many of those in this statistic were the drivers or passengers of drunk drivers.
So you might be asking yourself, “just how dangerous is it to drive drunk?” Having a blood alcohol content of just .10, a tiny bit over the legal limit in most states, puts you at seven times higher of a risk for being involved in a crash that kills someone. If that level is raised to just .15, the risk increases to 25 times.
What about driving with just a little bit of alcohol in your system? Say one or two beers or just a couple shots of hard alcohol? What if you are driving under the legal limit? Are you still putting yourself and people around you at risk?
Believe it or not, you could be. A blood alcohol content of .04, for instance, can increase the likelihood of someone being involved in a car crash by 1.4 times. Every drink that is added to that person’s system increases the risk dramatically. Doubling the blood alcohol level to .08 increases the risk of a car crash to 11 times more likely. So having “just one more” could bring devastating consequences.
So before you jump in the car after a party, stop and think about the risk. Are you ready to live with the knowledge that your actions killed someone? Are you willing to put your own life and the lives of your passengers at risk? If not, pass the keys to someone who did not drink or call a taxi. The rest of the community will thank you.
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