With the weekend coming up and great weather expected, this Fourth of July will be the perfect time to party with loved ones. For many Hoosiers, alcohol will be one of many themes for the festivities. While alcohol can certainly be enjoyed at home, when it makes in onto the road, there are definite problems.
In 2010 alone, there were 195 people killed in drunk driving accidents in Indiana. While the legal limit in Indiana is a BAC of .08%, the BMV points out that impairment starts even earlier. With a BAC of .04%, drivers lose skills in simple reaction time and emergency response. At the legal BAC level of .06%, the DMV states that drivers “are much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a non-drinking driver.” Still under the legal limit for driving, a BAC of .06% means a driver loses skills in “coordination, comprehension, eye movement, lane tracking, and attention.”
Fortunately, we can all do our part to make sure the roads are safe this holiday weekend. MADD lists several helpful hints on their website.
- The first tip is pretty simple. If you have had alcohol, don’t drive immediately. BAC charts can help guide your choice as to when it is safe for you to get behind the wheel.
- If you see friends or family members who look like they shouldn’t be driving, ask them if you can give them a ride.
- When confronting an individual about waiting to drive, try to stay non-confrontational and go with a group of friends. It is much harder to say no to a group.
Wagner Reese – Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, the personal injury attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in starting your case. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation, and one of our attorneys will be happy to any questions you have.