While driver negligence often plays a role in causing traffic accidents, one of the most common and egregious forms of this negligence is drunk driving, which is illegal in every state in the U.S. and, yet, still happens all too often.
Drunk driving has been a threat to public safety on the roads for decades, and understanding the facts about it can help motorists make better decisions – especially if they enjoy alcohol every now and again.
Misconceptions about Drunk Driving Debunked
Myth 1: Having one or two drinks will not affect someone’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
Common drunk driving myths debunked
Fact: This is not necessarily true, as researchers have found that drivers’ abilities to accurately perceive their surroundings and make reasonable judgments can be impaired at BACs as low as 0.02. This means that it can take just one or two drinks, depending on drivers’ body weights and tolerance levels, to start experiencing impairments that affect their abilities to safely operate a vehicle.
To put it another way, buzzed driving is still drunk driving.
Myth 2: Drivers with BACs of 0.08 are not more likely than sober drivers to cause accidents.
Fact: Wrong! As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found, at BACs of 0.08 (i.e., the legal limit for intoxication), the risk of a collision approximately quadruples. And as motorists’ BACs increase, so too does their risk of a crash, with this risk being about 12 times greater when BACs reach about 0.15.
Myth 3: Drunk driving is on the rise in the U.S.
Fact: This may be one of the more hopeful facts about drunk driving, as federal regulators have found that drunk driving has actually been on the decline in the U.S. over the past few decades. In fact, as officials have pointed out:
- Since 2007, drunk driving in the U.S. has decreased by about 30 percent.
- Since 1973 when the NHTSA first started studying drunk driving, rates of drunk driving in the U.S. have dropped by about 80 percent.
This seems to reveal that regulators’ efforts to educate people about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with ongoing enforcement efforts to arrest drunk drivers, are having a significant impact on roadway safety.
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