Here’s an alarming statistic: each day, around 28 people die in drunk-driving crashes in the United States. That’s one individual every 52 minutes! While the deaths reached the lowest percentage in 2019, a whopping 10,142 people still lost their lives. What’s even more unfortunate? The deaths could have been prevented.
The Dangers of Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is more than just a wrong decision. It is a criminal offense that will require the expertise of an experienced DUI defense lawyer. Drunk driving is sometimes referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). Drunk driving involves driving a vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of at least 0.08 percent.
Make no mistake about it, any amount of alcohol in the bloodstream can affect one’s driving ability. Safe driving will require concentration, good judgment, and the ability to react quickly. Alcohol can affect those skills and put you and others at risk. Below are some of the ways alcohol can impair one’s driving skills:
When driving, many things will require your undivided attention. For instance, you need to be mindful of your speed, the traffic and road signals, and staying in your lane. When you are intoxicated, your concentration is impaired, and your attention span is reduced dramatically. This increases your risk of getting involved in an accident.
Decreases your vision
Excessive alcohol consumption can also have a negative impact on your vision. When intoxicated, your vision can get blurred, or you can lose your ability to control your eye movement. Impaired vision can also affect how you gauge the distance between your vehicle and the other vehicles on the road.
Slows down reaction time
Alcohol can significantly affect how fast you can respond to different situations. When your response time is compromised, the likelihood of an accident also increases. Case in point: if a pedestrian crosses the street suddenly, it can take a lot longer for your brain to process the situation when you are impaired than when you are sober.
Alcohol can affect your hand, foot, and eye coordination. Devoid of the necessary coordination skills, you might be unable to avoid any impending accidents. Some of the common signs of reduced coordination include swaying and the inability to stand straight. If you are too impaired, you might even find it difficult to get in your car and find the ignition.
When you are operating a motorized vehicle, you will need your judgment skills when making certain decisions. For instance, you need the ability to make straightforward and quick decisions if another vehicle cuts you off. Your judgment can help ensure you stay aware and alert of your surroundings while driving.
Compelling Reasons Not to Drink and Drive
If you are tempted to get behind the wheel after a few drinks, keep the following consequences in mind:
You can go to jail
Nobody likes the idea of going to jail. However, if you are caught drinking and driving, jail time is not a remote possibility. Not only that, if you cause property damage or hurt people, expect jail time to last longer than a night or two. If you end up killing someone, you can also end up spending many years in prison.
You can lose your professional license or job
A DUI conviction can result in revocation of your professional license or termination of employment in certain professions. This is especially true if you are employed by a state or municipal government. Lawyers, nurses, police officers, doctors, and teachers can risk losing their professional license and jobs if convicted of DUI.
You can cause serious property damage
Even if you don’t injure yourself or others, there is still the possibility that you can cause property damage that results in thousands of dollars worth of damage. Hitting a stationary object, causing property damage, or totaling your vehicle is simply not worth it.
You can set a bad example
When you fail to hold yourself to a high standard, you set a terrible example for others, including your loved ones and friends. It’s like telling those who are dear to you that drinking and driving is okay. If you care about friends and loved ones and what they think of you, you need to show them that drinking and driving is simply not acceptable.
If you want to avoid a DUI conviction, you only need to do one thing: don’t drink and drive. The next time you are tempted to get behind the wheel while impaired, think about the consequences and dangers and how much a DUI conviction can change your life forever.
Michelle White is currently the Content Marketing Strategist for Arizona DUI Team. Aside from spreading awareness on DUI and vehicular-related offenses, she enjoys reading and hiking with her family and friends.
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