Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind drivers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving this holiday season and all yearlong. Many injury causing and fatal drunk driving accidents occur because people think they’re ‘okay’ to drive when they’re not. They may have only had a drink or two, or tried to count how many drinks they had in a misguided effort to determine their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Not only can you prevent needless tragedies this holiday season by abstaining from driving if you’ve been drinking, you can also avoid a potentially expensive and damaging DUI.
The Facts on Holiday Season Drunk Driving
- 1,180 people were killed in car crashes during the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31).
- 30 percent of those fatalities occurred in crashes involving drunk drivers.
- In 2013, 10,076 of the 32,719 traffic crash deaths occurred in collisions involving drunk drivers.
- In December of 2013, 733 fatalities occurred in drunk driving crashes.
- 3,857 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers in the months of December from 2009 to 2013.
Calculating Your BAC
Unfortunately, many people still try to calculate their BAC by how many drinks they’ve had or by how long they’ve been drinking. The fact of the matter is that there is no standardized easy-to-use formula that works for everybody. Different bodies metabolize alcohol and other substances at different rates, and a variety of factors can also have an impact. Trying to calculate your BAC after a few drinks is a recipe for disaster. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, and even one drink can be one drink too many in certain situations.
Planning a Safe Ride Home
If you plan on celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, make sure to get a safe ride home. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure you get home safely. When all else fails, have a backup plan too. It can be as simple as pre-programming a cab company’s number into your phone. You can also download a ridesharing app to your phone. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday season.