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During the 2017 Labor Day Holiday period:

37 %
Of drivers who died were drunk at the time of the crash
45 %
Of the drivers 21 to 34 years old who died were drunk at the time of the crash
79 %
Of drunk-driving fatalities occurred at night

 

For this Labor Day holiday period, remember that drunk driving is dangerous and illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Since alcohol impairs thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination, one glass before operating a vehicle can put you and others in danger. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge. Check out the videos, graphics and resources to learn more about drunk driving.

THE EFFECTS OF BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION

Even a .02 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) starts to impair your thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination – all vital abilities to operating a vehicle safely. Because of this risk, it's illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Blood Alcohol ConcentrationPredictable Effects on Driving
 
.02Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time
.05Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations
.08Reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, lack of 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 Concentration
One decision took the life of Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Mike Lutzenkirchen shares his son's tragic story and how the Lutzie 43 Foundation is honoring Philip's legacy.

Drunk Driving Affects More Than Just You

Every day, about 30 people in the United States die from a drunk-driving crash, which is equivalent to 1 person every 48 minutes.

BE RESPONSIBLE: HAVE A PLAN

  1. Plan a safe and sober ride home before drinking alcohol.
  2. Don’t let someone get behind the wheel if that person has been drinking.
  3. If you’re hosting a party with alcohol, make sure everyone has a sober ride home.
  4. Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
  5. If you see a drunk driver, call law enforcement.

If You Feel Different, You Drive Different

Driving under the influence of drugs can affect your decision-making skills as well. If you feel different, you drive different. Learn more about the importance of unimpaired driving here.