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Top Myths Related to Drinking and Driving

09 Mar Blog | Comments

“I can hold my liquor”: It’s typical for men to think they are fine to drive after drinking a six-pack of beer. That is why over 81 percent of crashes related to alcohol intoxication are caused by men. Men, if you think driving while intoxicated will charm the ladies, you may want to think again. Those cheesy pickup lines you thought sounded so smooth acted as a deterrent instead. There’s nothing more unattractive than a sloppy drunk, thinking he’s the life of the party. Alcohol not only hinders your judgement and your ability to find a proper date, it also impairs your mental capabilities, vision and reflexes when handling difficult situations on the road.

“I’m sober enough to get behind the wheel“: Impairment typically starts with your first alcoholic beverage, and while you still may be able to function without falling over, the reality is you can’t tell the level of intoxication you may be feeling. Some even believe that if they stick with just beer, they won’t feel quite as intoxicated as if they would be drinking harder liquor like vodka. Unfortunately alcohol is alcohol and the amount in beer is equal to that in whiskey. Alcohol impairs more than just your reflexes and vision. It can also hinder your alertness behind the wheel, reaction time, concentration, judgement and your ability to handle a variety of tasks. This is vital when getting behind the wheel of a car and getting on the road.

“All I need is a little food in my stomach and I’ll be good to go”: While having a meal with your cocktail is a good idea, a full stomach is not going to help you against driving drunk. A cold shower, coffee or fresh air won’t be effective at sobering you up either. Some even believe that by driving slowly, this will compensate for driving while intoxicated. Drinking and driving at any speed is unsafe and driving more slowly could make you a hazard on the road and could cause a crash. The only cure for drinking too much is time and that could take approximately six hours for your body to eliminate an alcohol level of .08 and get it out of your system.

“I won’t get pulled over”: Police have taken steps to crack down on drunk drivers and have implemented road checks over the past few years. Drivers who are caught driving drunk can face a number of punishments from 24-hour driving restrictions and vehicle impoundments, to penalties, fines, criminal charges and imprisonment. In addition to fines, those convicted of driving drunk may also be forced to attend alcohol rehabilitation classes and may have to have an ignition interlock system installed on their vehicle. This device allows a driver to blow into the system before they will be able to operate their vehicle. Since people tried getting around this by having a sober friend blow into their devices for them, technological advances are now included with a camera, which makes it tougher to get around the system.

“I don’t consume liquor and drive but getting behind the wheel after doing illegal drugs is fine”
: Research has shown that drivers who use drugs and get behind the wheel of a car can be just as lethal as those intoxicated with alcohol. Depending on the variety of drug you have inhaled, swallowed or injected into your system, drug impairment can affect your system. It can cause hallucinations, seizures and slows your reflexes, which impairs the way you handle situations on the roadway. Mixing drugs and alcohol together is a deadlier combination for those thinking they are fine to get behind the wheel. The latest legislation allows law enforcement to test drivers for drug impairment and bring charges to anyone that does not submit to a saliva, urine or blood sample. Tougher laws and legislation will help to keep the roads safer and prevent injury and death to innocent victims.

 

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