Don't Drink and Drive

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), alcohol-related traffic fatalities occur every 31 minutes and alcohol-related non-fatal injuries, every two minutes.

Alcohol consumption affects your coordination and can induce double vision and affect your depth perception. In addition, nighttime, peripheral, and color perception are also hampered when you drink. Perhaps the biggest problem with drinking is that it slows down your reaction time and hampers comprehension of situations that arise. This is a dangerous situation that puts you, your passengers and others around you a great risk.

If you are caught drinking and driving, you face a long trial that can cost you greatly in fines, license suspension, and often jail time. Simply put, the nation’s law enforcement professionals have very little tolerance for drunken driving so if you take that chance, you could really end up in giant world of hurt.

The simplest thing you can do is to avoid drinking and driving at all costs. If you think you’re going to be in a situation where you might want to drink, you should designate a driver who will remain sober or call a cab to get you home. Otherwise, if you are at a friend’s house, you might consider crashing on their couch or finding a ride with someone who hasn’t been drinking.

All states have active DUI/DWI programs designed to specifically combat the problem of driving under the influence. The blood alcohol content (BAC) legal limit in every state is 0.08%. If you are caught driving with a BAC at this level or above, you can definitely expect to spend the night in jail. Also, most states have enhanced penalties for BAC 0.15% and above.