A recent study released suggests that driving with a buzz can end up being as fatal as driving while intoxicated. Many car accidents in the U.S. that have taken place have included drivers whose BAC level were well below the 0.08% limit. This evidence shows how detrimental it could be driving while buzzed.
Statistics shows that about 30 people in the U.S. die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an individual who has been drinking. This adds up to an alcohol related death every 48 minutes. These hard facts show that many individuals die and/or suffer injuries because of an individual’s lack of judgment.
In the study conducted, evidence proved that the drivers who tested positive for blood-alcohol levels well-below the legal BAC level were more likely to cause (or be involved in) a collision than sober drivers due to the fact that the buzzed drivers were more likely to speed and less likely to wear a seatbelt. The more the individual drank, the more likely they were to speed and the more severe the accident would be.
It is possible for accidents related to drunk driving to stop happening. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has been advocating for ignition interlocks to be on every person’s vehicle that has a history of driving under the influence. Several other organizations are advocating for stricter regulations regarding drinking and driving. Many steps have been taken to reduce the amount of drinking and driving, although much more is still needed to ensure that lives are not taken due to an individual’s negligence.