Drunk Driving: It’s Not a Joke
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There is no denying that drunk driving is a serious issue and it is definitely a decision
that no driver should every make, no matter the circumstance. But, unfortunately every
day a large number of drivers still get behind the wheel after they have been drinking.
Even though the public is still sending messages outlining the risks involved with driving
and driving, it is obvious that more work has to be done in this area to further cut down
on the number of drunk drivers.
The following is some information that all drivers need to completely understand about
drinking and driving:
The legal limit: The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is Canada is
0.08. However, this does not mean that it is safe to drive if you BAC is less than
this threshold. If you are not sure if you are okay to drive, just don’t. It is not
worth the risk.
The stats don’t lie: Drinking and driving statistics don’t lie. Each and every year
drunk drivers cause serious harm to themselves and other innocent victims. The
only way to prevent this from happening in the future is to stop driving while
Poor judgement: Many studies have proven that alcohol at any BAC can have a
negative impact on a person’s judgement. So, even if you have only had one
drink, alcohol can still have an impact on your ability to make effective and safe
decisions when behind the wheel.
Reaction time: There is no question that drinking will have a negative impact on
a driver’s reaction time. Even if you “feel fine”, having any amount of alcohol in
your system will slow down your reaction time enough for you to make a
mistake and possibly cause an accident.
There is no safe limit: The only safe limit is no alcohol at all. Don’t drive if you
are planning on drinking. Even though alternative arrangements may cost you a
few dollars more than if you drive, it is more than worth it.
Impaired driving involves more than just alcohol: Alcohol is not the only
substance that people should refrain from using before getting behind the
wheel. Substances such as illegal, over the counter, and prescription drugs can
also have a negative impact on your ability to drive.
Drunk driving punishments are serious: The punishment for impaired driving
have been stiffened over the past few years in an attempt to reduce the number
of drunk driving incidents. From road side suspensions, to loss of drivers licence,
vehicle impoundment, huge fines, entering into an alcohol treatment program,
and jail time are all possible punishments for any person caught, even is your
BAC is less than 0.08.
Drinking and driving is no joke, no matter how old you are. This is why it is now such an
important component of education programs in school and driver training programs.
With increased attention, education, and increased punishment, local governments are
doing everything they can do to create awareness. Now it is up to you to execute and
make the right decision, don’t drink and drive.