ADDICTION /DRUNK WHILE DRIVING The Dangers of Drunkeness  While Driving. Cold, Hard Facts About How Alcohol Impairs Your Driving Skills


ADDICTION /DRUNK WHILE DRIVING
The Dangers of Drunkeness  While Driving.
Cold, Hard Facts About How Alcohol Impairs Your Driving Skills.

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Although traffic fatalities have been on the decline in recent years, alcohol-related crashes still kill about 10,000 people per year in the United States, with alcohol a factor in one out of three motor vehicle deaths, according to the CDC.

Despite all the warnings, public awareness and educational programs, stiffer penalties for violations, people will still get behind the wheel of their vehicles while intoxicated. While drunk driving numbers have decreased in the past couple of decades for youths and teens, they are still at risk whether they are the drivers or not. Motor vehicle wrecks are the leading cause of death in the United States for persons under age 24, whether as the driver or the passenger, with almost half involving alcohol as a factor in the crash.

How Dangerous Is Drinking and Driving?

A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 or greater is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash than a driver who has not consumed alcoholic beverages, and a driver with an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater is about 25 times more likely.

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Basically, the more you drink, the more likely you are to have an accident—and a fatal one. The same applies for the likelihood of having any vehicle accident, fatal or otherwise. Here are the cold, hard facts.

More Likely to Have a Crash
A 160-pound person drinking two 12-ounce beers within an hour would probably have a BAC of 0.02, well below the legal limits of driving under the influence, but 1.4 times more likely to have an accident than someone who is sober.

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