During the 2018 Labor Day Holiday Weekend:
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.
The Effects of Alcohol on Driving
|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, 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 911.
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.