Drinking and Driving

Don;t do it, it will hurt you

Drinking while Driving

It may surprise you to learn that you don't need to drink much alcohol before your ability to drive becomes impaired. For example, certain driving skills -- such as steering a car while, at the same time, responding to changes in traffic -- can be impaired by blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) as low as 0.02 percent. A 160-pound man will have a BAC of about 0.04 percent 1 hour after consuming two 12-ounce beers or two other standard drinks on an empty stomach and the more alcohol you consume, the more impaired your driving skills will be. That means that if you have over .08% you are drunk and can be legally arrested if caught.

Facts that you should know

*Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States

*On average, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes

*Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. involve alcohol

*The highest rates of drunk driving occur among drivers aged 21-24. This age group makes up 35% of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal collisions

*Nearly 75% of drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions are not wearing their safety belts

Effects of alcohol

*Slows down reactions*Impairs vision*Interferes with concentration*Dulls judgment*Creates a false sense of confidence