Drunk Driving Facts You Should Know Before Planning to Drive Back Home From a Party
Throughout the US and several other countries, drunk driving has become increasingly common. Drunk driving happens when the person who drives a car or any vehicle, is under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol is known to impair your driving skills and mental perceptions and hence makes you more vulnerable to cause crashes and collisions.
Drunk driving is similar to driving through a haze where you’re not able to perceive what’s going on around you. Since your perception abilities are severely hindered, this boosts the chance of an accident. If you seek the help of an attorney, he can guide you on the legalities but he won’t tell you how to avoid it. Let’s check out a few DUI facts.
- How much impaired you can get doesn’t depend on the kind of alcohol you’ve consumed. It rather depends on the number of drinks that you’ve taken over a certain span of time. There are misconceptions that say a cold shower, coffee or exercise can make a drunk person sober, but these are not true. Only time can make you sober.
- Every 50 minutes in the US, a person dies due to drunk driving. This is equivalent to nearly 26 people every day. So, you should be double-sure before sitting in the driver’s seat.
- A drunk driver usually drives around 80 times under the influence of alcohol before he first gets arrested.
- For drivers who haven’t reached the age of 21, America has a policy of No Tolerance. As per this policy, no one who sits behind the driving wheel can have a drop of alcohol in his blood system.
- Presently, the approximate cost of accidents related to DUI is $115.5 billion. This calculation is broken down between $51.5 billion in financial costs, and $64.3 billion due to loss of life.
- Around 50-75% of people who revoked their licenses due to DUI, later on, drive illegally without getting back their license.
- Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death among teens and nearly 1/3rd of these accidents include some kind of substance abuse.
- Drivers with BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.02 - 0.05% are 10 times more likely to die in DUI accidents as compared to sober drivers.
- In the year 2019, 35,509 people were killed in crashes that resulted from alcohol-related crashes.
- In the same year, 1.9 million drivers were fined and even taken to jail for DUIs related to drugs and alcohol. This is much less than 1% of the 160 million times when adults say they’re driving after drinking every year. Doesn’t this mean that every time you’re on the roads, you’re sharing the roads with numerous drunk drivers? Doesn’t that sound scary!
Therefore, now that you’re familiar with some of the scariest facts related to DUI accidents, you should never commit this mistake while driving. You can’t forget that your life is precious and your loved ones are waiting for you at home.