Think Before You Drive Buzzed This Holiday Season

Think Before You Drive Buzzed This Holiday Season

The holidays are full of reasons to celebrate, but if you are planning to consume a few alcoholic drinks during festivities in the coming weeks, take heed. Even just one or two drinks can render you unfit to drive, even if you think you feel fine.

Many factors can affect your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) including your gender, ethnicity, weight, and alcohol tolerance. Unless you have the proper testing equipment, there’s no precise way to tell if you’re over the legal limit.

In all states, the BAC limit for alcohol in drivers is 0.08%, anything between 0.02 and 0.08 is considered “buzzed” driving. And while it may not be illegal it is still not safe.

BAC Predictable Effects on Driving
.02 Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform 2 tasks at the same time
.05 Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations
.08 Concentration, short-term memory loss, speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception
.10 Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake properly
.15 Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing

*https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/buzzed-driving

In 2017, there were 405 OVI-related fatalities in Ohio and 10,874 in the United States. In 2016, 781 people lost their lives to alcohol-related traffic accidents in the month of December alone. That is certainly nothing to celebrate about.

Be safe this holiday season. If you choose to drink, commit to finding a safe alternate way home and don’t let others drink and drive.

If you have recently been charged with a DUI or OVI, call our Akron attorneys at 330-922-4491 immediately to schedule a free, initial consultation. You can also fill our contact form and someone from our office will respond to your inquiry.