Drinking & Driving Unsafe at Any Level
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Feb 03, 2014 in Auto Accidents
Youve likely heard the phrase buzzed driving is drunk driving, but now a new study is purporting that drinking and driving is in fact unsafe at any level. Even a .01 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can affect a drivers abilities behind the wheel.
The study, led by the University of California in San Diego and published in the British Medical Journal, analyzed more than 570,731 fatal car collisions between 1994 and 2011 from the United States Fatality Reports System (FARS) database. It was found that with a BAC of .01 drivers are 46 percent more likely to be blamed by accident investigators than sober drivers they collide with.
Additionally, blame increases steadily as the BAC rises. In a public press release, David Phillips, who presided over the study said We find no safe combination of drinking and driving -- no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car,
Phillips notes that there is little research on the dangers of driving with a low BAC and that their data supports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations campaign that Buzzed driving is drunk driving.
Many are hoping that this study will elicit further support on lowering the BAC limit in the United States. Currently, the BAC limit is .08 in most states although more than 100 countries around the world limit it to .05. The National Transportation Safety Board Chairman is one individual who is calling on all 50 states to follow suit.
In South Carolina, there were more than 370 deaths attributed to driving under the influence. Since 2007 South Carolina has had the second and third highest percentage of fatalities involving an impaired driver.
According to the Century Council, a non-profit that fights against drunk driving and underage drinking, more than 15,600 people were arrested for DUI in South Carolina in 2011. Additionally, more than 60 alcohol-related fatal accident involved drivers with a BAC of 0.15 or higher; repeat offenders were more likely to have a high BAC than first-time DUI offenders.
As this new study demonstrates how alcohol can quickly impair a driver, states may soon reconsider the legal BAC level.
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