Men and Women vs Drunk Driving
When you combine driving with alcohol, you are putting your life and other peoples lives at risk.
Even though the population knows how dangerous drinking and driving is, it still remains to be a problem in the U.S. Fortunately, over the last 5 years, drinking and driving reports have dropped by 30%.
While this is good news, around 30 people loose their lives on a daily basis as a result of an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident. Statistically speaking, one-third of all automobile accidents that are fatal involved someone who decided to drink and drive.
Who Is At A Higher Risk Of Driving Drunk?
As of 2010, around 4 out of 5 DUIs were perpetrated by men. Binge drinkers and alcoholics, both male and female, make up their own subcategory of high-risk drinkers who will choose to drink and drive.
In an effort to help with controlling the number of DUIs, states dropped the blood alcohol content, also known as BAC, limit to .08%. This actually happens to be a “per se” violation which has nothing to do with how “under the influence” a person really is. It’s just a limit established by the state.
National Standards Of Drunk Driving Laws
As stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a blood alcohol content of .08% equals to around 4 beers. In spite of that, if a BAC is under the limit but you still show signs of being intoxicated and fail your field sobriety test, you can be arrested for DUI.
With that being said, DUI penalties are very serious regardless of where you live. The same goes for first time offenders.
Things you could be looking forward to: community service, expensive fines, driver’s license taken, alcohol abuse treatment, probation, and don’t forget jail time.
Drinking and Driving Facts and Statistics:
- On average, a drunk driver kills someone in the U.S. every 40 minutes.
- Approximately 3 in every 10 people in the U.S. will experience a collision related to alcohol at some point in their lives.
- It takes the body (with a .08 g/dL BAC level) on average about 6 hours to completely get rid of alcohol.
- Around 50% to 75% of DUI offenders who have had their licenses suspended will still drive without a license and put others at risk.
- In 1988 in Kentucky, the most fatal drunk-driving accident took place on Interstate 71 when a drunk driver was the cause of a head-on collision involving a school bus. The collision and subsequent fire took the lives of 27 people (mostly children) and left 34 others injured. The drunk driver had a .24 g/dL BAC level.
- DUI offenders are generally men, out ranking women 3:1, with males in the age group 21-34 at the highest risk for drinking and driving.
- Majority of DUIs reported are after 8 pm.
Drinking responsibly can prevent fatal accidents caused by impaired decision making. Those struggling with alcohol addiction and need help should seek advice from qualified professionals. Get a handle on your addiction and don’t drink and drive.