Alcohol and driving are a dangerous combination. Despite years of media campaigns and sobriety checkpoints conducted by law enforcement, thousands of people across the nation are injured or killed in accidents involving a drunk driver each year. Alabama is no exception, with more than 30 percent of all auto accident fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Approximately 4 million adults drink and drive each year.
- Four in five people who drink and drive are men.
- 85 percent of drinking and driving episodes were reported by binge drinkers. Binge drinking is defined as having 5 or more drinks for men, or 4 or more drinks for women during a short period of time.
- Alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in about 1 out of every 3 crash deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- While the blood-alcohol limit may be 0.08 percent, no amount of alcohol seems safe for driving. A study by researchers at the University of California-San Diego finds that blood-alcohol levels well below the U.S. legal limit are associated with serious injury and death.
- According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers who had been drinking at the .08 breath alcohol concentration (The 0.08 breath alcohol concentration and blood alcohol concentration are the legal limit in every state.) had about 4 times the risk of crashing as sober drivers. Drivers with alcohol levels at .15 breath alcohol concentration had 12 times the risk.
What can you do?
- Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
- If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
- If you are hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a drunk driver, CONTACT US ONLINE OR CALL US AT 256-539-1990, or toll free at 877-539-1990 to set up a free consultation.