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The Dangers of Drunk Driving: Staying Responsible on the Road

Driving Safely

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, a holiday synonymous with good cheer and Irish celebrations. However, this time of year is also one of the worst when it comes to impaired driving. At 171 Nissan we want everyone to have a great holiday, but we also want everyone to have a safe one as well.  Statistically, someone is killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash, a number that increases this time of year.

Last year, roughly 9,878 people were victims of alcohol-impaired drivers, demonstrating the dangers of drunk driving. According to the CDC, the two groups most at risk are young people and motorcyclists. In fact, one of the leading causes for the deaths of young people is alcohol-related vehicle accidents.

So, what can you do to prevent these drunk-driving numbers from increasing?? If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. There is no way to become sober other than through time, which means that cold showers, coffee, and other remedies are just myths. To put it simply, your body must digest and eliminate the alcohol in your system. Impairment is directly related to the rate of alcohol consumption, as well as the percentage of alcohol consumption. That means that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is affected by both how fast/often you drink a beverage, and by how much alcohol is in a beverage.

Knowing what is in your drink is also important. Beers tend to have 3.5% to 6% of alcohol (some have up to 12%), wines have 8% to 20%, and distilled liquors can have up to 95% alcohol (though most top-shelf brands have 45% to 80%). You should also be aware that fortified beers and wines tend to have much higher alcohol content than normal.

Everyone is different, which is why it is important to know you limits. If you have been drinking at all, you need to get a ride or call a taxi. Drink and drive responsibly. For more information on drinking and driving, visit DoSomething.org.