Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

If you have to do something to make yourself okay to drive, you’re not okay to drive.

Despite the fact that it’s illegal to drive drunk, one person was killed every 50 minutes in a drunk driving crash on our nation’s roads in 2018. That's a total of 10,511 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in one year. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect a person quickly; for example, a blood alcohol concentration of .02 can affect someone’s ability to perform two tasks at one time.

Be Responsible: Have a Plan

Your life and the lives of others on the road are at risk every time a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking. Here are a few tips to stay safe.

  • Before drinking, choose a designated driver, or schedule a ride-sharing, ride-hailing or taxi service.
  • If you are hosting a party where there’s alcohol, offer non-alcoholic drink options and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
  • Always wear your seat belt — it's the best defense against drunk drivers.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, safely pull over and call law enforcement.
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The Cost of Drinking and Driving

Drunk drivers face jail time when they're caught, and the financial impact is devastating. On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing, and more. And, drinking and driving can result in losing your driver’s license and your car — imagine trying to explain that to your friends, family and boss.

The Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration

Alcohol consumption impairs your thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination — all vital to operating a vehicle safely. You begin to feel the effects of alcohol at a BAC under .08.

Blood Alcohol ConcentrationPredictable Effects on Driving
 
.02Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform 2 tasks at the same time
.05Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations
.08Concentration, short-term memory loss, speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception
.10Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
.15Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing
Blood Alcohol Content and the Predictable effects on driving

Buzzed Driving Affects More than Just You

In 2018, 231 children 14 and younger were killed in drunk-driving crashes.

That’s more than one in every five children who died in traffic crashes that year.

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