“Don’t Drink and Drive;” “After whiskey, driving is risky.” These are slogans used to call our attention to drunk driving which refers to operating a motor vehicle while one’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limit set by statute which supposedly is the level at which a person cannot drive safely. In all states it is a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, regardless of whether one’s driving was actually impaired or affected. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people die in alcohol-related vehicle crashes daily—that is one person every 51 minutes. Although drunk driving fatalities are declining, these crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in these preventable deaths. These deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year. Being a responsible driver is simple—if you are drinking, do not drive. Other responsible behaviors include:
- Before drinking choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
- If you have been drinking, call a taxi or ride service. Download NHTSA’s SaferRide app to help you call a friend or family member, pinpoint your location, and arrange to be picked up.
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
- Always wear your seat belt—it is your best defense against impaired drivers.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driver, contact one of our well-trained lawyers at Anthony Smith Law for a free, initial consultation. We are committed to be with you through every step to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.