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What Just a Few Drinks Does to Your Driving Ability

Posted on February 1, 2012 to

Kelly Fisher

Have you ever thought that just a few drinks would not impair your ability to drive? Many drivers believe that, and they often find themselves charged with a drunken driving offense. According to the National Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related car accident in his or her lifetime. Perhaps a better understanding of .08 can help decrease your chances of suffering injuries in a drunken driving accident.

The overall effect that alcohol takes on the body depends on your weight and gender, as well as on how fast you drink and how much food is in your stomach at the time. No one can ever safely judge all these factors, but here is a general idea of what a .08 blood alcohol content can do to you:

  • Your muscle coordination becomes poor, affecting your balance, vision, speech, hearing and reaction time
  • It becomes harder to detect danger, and most people experience some short-term memory loss
  • Your judgment, self-control and reasoning become impaired
  • It becomes difficult to control your vehicle’s speed

Every one minute, a person suffers injuries in an alcohol-related car crash, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Having a better grasp of .08 can make drivers think twice about having a few drinks before hitting the road.

Has a .08 impaired driver harmed you or a loved one?

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