Drunk driving all around the world is illegal for one simple fact – it is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, it is still a fairly common occurrence. Here are some surprising facts about drunk driving you may have not known.
A Person Is Injured Every Two Minutes
According to the National Highway Traffic Association, every two minutes a person is injured due to drunk driving in the United States. Some of these injuries will not need medical attention, but 8,476 people died due to drunk driving in Florida between 2003 and 2012. That's an average of around two people a day over the 10 year period!
An average of one person every 40 minutes is killed in the United States as a whole.
Coffee Won't Help Remove Alcohol
You won't be able to drive after drinking strong coffee after alcohol. Only time will help to remove alcohol from the system, and it takes around six hours to completely remove 0.08 gram per deciliter of it from the human body.
The alcohol will dilute itself in water. The organs in the body that are mostly made up of water will be the most affected by drinking. This is why the brain feels the fuzziest shortly after you start to drink.
Having a High Blood Alcohol Level Increases Your Risk of an Accident
The more impaired you are by alcohol, the more likely you are to cause an accident. All states have the limit for what is considered safe for driving. While 0.08 gram per deciliter means you are legally impaired, 50 percent of drunk driving accidents in the United States in 2007 were the result of a driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.15. Statistically, you are 380 times more likely to be in an accident involving a fatality if you have a blood alcohol level of 0.15 then someone who isn't intoxicated.
Drunk Drivers Don't Usually Get Caught The First Time
If you are fortunate enough to get pulled over by a cop the first time you drink and drive, you should consider yourself lucky. Statistics show the average drunk driver drives while intoxicated roughly 80 times before his/her first arrest. If you get charged with a DUI, contact an attorney like David A. Mansfield to help reduce your sentence.
Driving while intoxicated is dangerous for you, your vehicle, your passengers, and everyone else on the road with you. Drunk driving accidents and statistics are especially unfortunate because they could be avoided if someone made the decision to call a cab instead of getting behind the wheel.