In every state in the U.S., driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater is illegal for those with standard drivers’ licenses. However, even at BACs of 0.02, drivers can start displaying some impairments that affect their abilities to safely operate a vehicle.
Below is a look a just what those impairments are. Understanding how alcohol affects drivers’ abilities can be crucial to realizing just why impaired driving is so dangerous and, in turn, to driving home the point that it’s never OK to get behind the wheel after consuming even a few drinks (or using drugs).
How Alcohol Impacts Drivers: A Look at the Dangers of Drunk Driving
When drivers have been drinking alcohol or taking certain drugs (including illegal narcotics, as well as prescription or some over-the-counter meds), they are far more likely to have:
- Impaired judgement – In other words, impaired drivers are less likely to make responsible decisions. This can result in drunk drivers running red lights, failing to pay attention to the road or doing other careless things behind the wheel that can lead to accidents.
- Difficulty concentrating – In fact, while it’s more challenging for impaired drivers to switch their attention between tasks and points of focus when driving, it’s also difficult for these motorists to concentrate on one task for a given amount of time.
- Difficulty with comprehension – Impaired drivers will also tend to have a far more difficult time comprehending the driving conditions, as they are far more likely to be confused by elements of these conditions (like signage, detours, etc.). For instance, it’s far more common for impaired drivers to not comprehend “One-Way” signs or “Do Not Enter” signs and, consequently, drive the wrong way down a one-way street.
- Impaired vision – Visual acuity in impaired drivers can degrade by as much as 32 percent. In other words, impaired drivers’ vision can be deteriorate by as much as 1/3 of their sober capacity.
- Impaired coordination and reaction times – While impaired drivers have problems coordinating and controlling their movements, they also tend to have far slower reaction times. Some studies have shown that reaction times for impaired drivers can be slowed down by as much as 25 percent. This combination of impairments can greatly increase the risk of car accidents.
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