The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

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Have you ever been in a situation where the driver of the vehicle you’re in has been drinking and driving? Each day so many people will drink and drive and not see the harm in what they’re doing. When those people make the decision to get behind the wheel, they’re putting themselves and others in danger. It’s time to say enough to excuses like, “i’ll make it home safely” or “I only live down the road”. Getting behind the wheel after you have put alcohol in your system is reckless, life threatening, and dangerous to not just you, but other drivers on the road.

0.08 percent is the legal drinking limit to drive in the United States and in some cases if you have lower BAC levels, this might impact your ability to drive. If you have been drinking or only have had a few, it’s best to play it safe and avoid driving.

Alcohol has a substantial effect on a person’s coordination, reaction time, and vision. Can you imagine getting behind the wheel and operating a vehicle when all of these abilities are impaired?

In this blog, we are going to dive into the dangers of drinking and driving to hopefully reach those who are guilty of this reckless act. It’s also important that we take the time to help educate those on this topic.

1.You Could Potentially Get into Legal Troubles

Anyone who chooses to get behind the wheel of a car and drive after drinking is at risk of getting into trouble with authorities. If you are ever pulled over because an officer suspects you have been drinking expect the following to occur:

  • Breathalyzer
  • Walking in a straight line
  • Follow a light with your eyes 

If you fail any of these tests the officer can issue you a DWI or DUI and arrest you on site. In the last 5 years all states have increased the penalties of these infractions. So, what is the difference between a DWI and DUI? A DWI, stands for driving while intoxicated which refers to a crime police may charge you with if they suspect you are drunk and a DUI stands for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is a crime that police can charge you with if they suspect that your driving is impaired and you fail a field sobriety test.

Drinking and driving is not worth a night in jail. It’s also not worth risking your life and risking the life of others. There are so many alternatives you can choose before getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking. Some things to consider are:

  • Asking a friend who hasn’t been drinking to take you home
  • Call a loved one
  • Call a driving service! (Uber, Taxi, Lyft)

If you know you aren’t going to be able to find a way home, it’s best that you don’t drink that night and it’s important to understand that you can’t always count on others to get you home safely. Being responsible should always be your first priority.

2. You’re Putting Yourself and Others at Risk

When you get behind the wheel after a long night of drinking, you have increased your chance of getting in an accident. Each year there are about 10,000 deaths related to drunk driving in the United States and it’s important to avoid being a reason lives are being taken each year by this deadly act. 

Although the numbers are decreasing because authorities have really cracked down on drunk drivers, it’s still happening all across the country. Whether you’re the one drinking and driving or you’re the sober driver that was in the wrong place at the wrong time, it’s inevitable that driving drunk can hurt those around you and in unfortunate circumstances, lives have been lost.

3. Your Decision Making and Judgement is Impaired

Alcohol can cloud your judgement and it can also effect your decision making. Not only can drinking do crazy things to your mind and body, it can make you do things you wouldn’t normally do with a clear judgement, like driving under the influence. 

Did you know most accidents happen within a mile of the home? When your judgement is impaired from alcohol you may think you can make that short trip home without any problems. Anything can happen from one mistake. Running through a stop sign, swerving, and not paying attention are all actions you can prevent if you choose to find an alternative way home. The smallest amount of alcohol can influence your judgement and it’s important we all be aware of that.

When you’re behind the wheel there are so many little things you don’t think to keep in mind. If you aren’t doing the small things including managing your speed, staying in your lane, and being aware of others around you, you’re putting yourself and others at risk every time.

Is It Worth It?

Now that you know all of the dangers of drinking and driving, would you still do it? Everyone thinks they’re invincible until something happens, so why keep doing this life threatening and risky thing until it does? When you decide to get behind the wheel and drive intoxicated, you’re committing a dangerous crime. It takes one time of reckless driving to hurt or take the life of someone else. Not only are others at risk, you’re at risk too.

Stay safe and understand the risks you’re taking the next time to decide to get behind the wheel after a night of drinking. 

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