Know the Risks of Driving Drunk

During the 2018 Labor Day Holiday Weekend:

439
traffic crash deaths
43 %
involved drivers who had been drinking
38 %
involved a drunk driver

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

One person is killed about every 50 minutes in a drunk driving crash. This Labor Day holiday, and every day, make it a point to drive sober. Just one drink before driving can put you and others in danger, because alcohol impairs thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. In fact, during the Labor Day holiday weekend from 2014-2018, 44% of traffic deaths involved drivers who had been drinking — 945 people died.

If You Drink, Don't Drive

The Effects of Alcohol on Driving

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

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, 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 911.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

It's illegal everywhere to drive drunk. A DUI can set you back, on average, $10,000 and there could be a crash — people could get hurt or killed.

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If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI

Did you know that you can also get a DUI for driving under the influence of drugs? Driving while impaired by any substance — legal or illegal — puts you and others in harm’s way.