NEWS: It’s April, and as the days grow warmer and longer, people begin to plan fun activities to take full advantage of the nice weather – perhaps a neighborhood cookout, or meeting friends for beers after work, or a day on the lake. Alcohol is often a part of our celebrations, and most of us pride ourselves on always drinking responsibly. However, while we all know the dangers of drinking and driving, it can never be said enough: choosing to operate a motor vehicle after drinking is dangerous. There are so many drinking and driving statistics that is should be obvious not to drink and drive, but yet every day people drink and drive. Here are just a couple of basic statistics that should still make you rethink getting behind the wheel after a couple of drinks.
Drinking and Driving Statistics:
- 32% of fatal car crashes involve intoxication
- Alcohol-related crashes cost taxpayers more than $100 billion per year
- Over 1.4 million people are arrested for impaired driving each year
Please, don’t let yourself or one of your loved ones become another statistic.
Across the United States, the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08% BAC. This means that a person who weighs 140 lbs can easily be considered legally intoxicated after two drinks. Obviously, this varies according to how much food that person has in their stomach, and how quickly those drinks were consumed, but the point is the same: it doesn’t take much.
If a driver is under 21 years of age, NO amount of alcohol is permissible.
PBS, the folks who gave us Sesame Street, have put together a terrific list of helpful websites and educational resources. Working together, we can all help keep the roads safer for everyone.