This holiday season, 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. Check out the videos, graphics and resources to learn more about drunk driving.
Holiday Season Traffic Deaths
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 Concentration||Predictable Effects on Driving|
|.02||Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time|
|.05||Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations|
|.08||Reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, lack of speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception|
|.10||Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately|
|.15||Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing|
BE RESPONSIBLE: HAVE A PLAN
- Plan a safe and sober ride home before drinking alcohol.
- Don’t let someone get behind the wheel if that person has been drinking.
- If you’re hosting a party with alcohol, make sure everyone has a sober ride home.
- Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
- 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.