Drunk Driving Prevention
Drunk driving accounts for nearly 20% of all fatal automobile accidents. That’s the bad news. The good news is that drunk driving is 100% preventable. The most effective way to avoid drunk driving is to have a designated driver or rely on public transportation such as a taxi cab or bus to get you home safely. If you have no other options and must drive yourself to an event or occasion where you know you’ll consume alcohol, be sure to give yourself plenty of time for the alcohol to work its way through your system. One easy rule to follow is to wait one hour to drive for every 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.
Prevention Can Save You From Fines And Jail Time
Another important rule to follow is to not engage in binge drinking before you drive anywhere. Games such as chugging and beer pong result in consuming a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time. This will raise your blood alcohol content quickly and you may end up being arrested for DUI--a serious crime with severe penalties.
For instance, did you know that you can receive expensive fines, community service, DUI school, loss of your driver’s license, probation and even jail time even if this is your first offense with no aggravated charges? DUI laws and penalties vary from state to state so you’ll want to discuss this with a local DUI defense attorney if you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Severely Drunk Drivers Cause More Serious Wrecks
But no matter where you live, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more. Surprisingly, many people who drink and drive have a low BAC and cause few accidents. But even though there is a small amount of drivers who operate a motor vehicle with a high BAC, they are responsible for the most fatal crashes.
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