People and drivers often wonder why drunk driving is such an important law to be aware of. After all, people get drunk in parties all the time, right? However, it is precisely due to the unpredictable nature of behavior under the influence that can make people dangerous drivers.
According to DMV, 28 people die in driving accidents daily. This means one person dies almost every hour, and cost more than $44-billion annually in accident expenses.
This is the basis of driving under influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws. So let’s take a step back and examine this from as scientific perspective. What are some facts on alcohol consumption that we should be aware of?
Law-wise, it is commonly a criminal offense in every state if drivers have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is at or exceeds 0.08-percent.
However, people should remember that alcohol will not start affecting them until they reach that count.
Unfortunately, it is first important to consider that alcohol has different effects on anyone. For instance, a person’s physical condition has an effect on his or her alcohol tolerance. This is the same with other prescription or illegal drugs as well.
Other factors include the food eaten, the sleep received, and even the mental or physical health of the said driver. After all, the “drugs” in his system may actually be medication.
Regardless, the most common physical and mental effects of alcoholism are very evident in drunk drivers.
These include loss of coordination due to impaired reflexes. This is observed especially if drivers have blurred vision, are dizzy, or are even drowsy. Drivers that are unbelievably relaxed or easily irritated can also be under the influence.
However, these are only just observed side effects. Regardless, it is obvious that riding under these circumstances are very dangerous. However, this is in no way a complete list of alcohol’s effects to the human body.
It is also an important consideration to remember that drunk drivers may actually show signs of substance abuse. This means they really are advised to seek help from professionals or support groups to avoid these situations again.
Curious drivers should check their state’s laws on the specific BAC they should have in order to still drive safely. They can also consult health experts to know more about the extent of alcohol’s effects.