October 24, 2017

Why Is Drunk Driving So Dangerous?

Every day in America, 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 53 minutes!

Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, fairly quickly. It enters into the bloodstream until it is metabolized by the liver at an average rate of 1 ounce per hour. The type of alcohol really does not matter.

Alcohol level in the system is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain amount of blood. This is called “Blood Alcohol Concentration”(BAC).

At a BAC of just .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood (g/dL), crash risk increases exponentially. Because of this risk, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. BAC is measured with a “breathalyzer,” a device that measures the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath, or by a blood test.

Even a small amount of alcohol can actually affect the ability to drive well. Some folks believe they drive even more safely with some alcohol in their system.

However, in 2015, there were 1,809 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where drivers’ BACs were even less than .08 g/dL.

Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve those with blood alcohol concentrations BACs of .08 of higher. In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in these preventable crashes. In fact, on average over the 10-year period from 2006-2015, more than 10,000 people died every year in drunk-driving crashes. That is more than three times the deaths on 9/11 each single year.

Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes. In 2015, 21% of males were drunk in these crashes, compared to 14% for females.

We sue drunk drivers, and sometimes, also those who sell them the alcohol.

Friends do not let friends drive drunk.

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