Young drivers hear a message throughout every stage of their initial drivers training. That message is: “don’t drink and drive.” Adult drivers hear the same message; although it may not be so blunt, depending on the source of the message, for example, they may hear something like “Please drink responsibly.”
That phrase ” Don’t Drink and Drive” can be interpreted many different ways, There is a reason the message is repeated. Every 30 minutes, someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash.
In India, it is against the law to drive while intoxicated. The legal limit of alcohol content in the bloodstream is 0.08, but studies have shown that even a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.02 can affect a person’s vision, concentration or reaction time, all of which are important to driving ability.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration’s “Traffic Safety Facts” Report, published in 2004: in 2003 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 34 percent of all traffic deaths occurred in crashes in which at least one driver or non-occupant had a BAC of 0.08 percent or more and that some alcohol was present in 40 percent of all fatal crashes and all traffic fatalities.
There are things a person can do if they have been drinking (or know they will be drinking) to prevent themselves from driving while intoxicated. These things include:
- Call a cab or auto.
- If the destination is nearby, walk home.
- Have a designated driver before drinking. Give them the keys before drinking.
No matter how much a person drinks, or how it appears they can “hold their liquor,” no one should drive after drinking, because they put others at risk every time they settle into a car. If you don’t drink and drive, you just might save a life.