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Bad Hoosier Drivers Part 2: Drunk Driving

Steve Wagner

Synopsis

  • Indiana drivers are now navigating through a time period when statistics for traffic deaths skyrocket, a time slated by traffic safety officials as “the 100 deadliest days for motorists” between Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.
  • Not only are injuries from these car and truck wrecks both harmful and expensive, they often cause lifelong injuries for individuals and families and tragic fatalities.
  • The team at Wagner Reese is concerned about the increase of road injuries and wrecks during the summer months, so we have created a four-part series highlighting the several ways Hoosiers are bad drivers.
  • In this blog post, we review the predictable effects of different blood alcohol concentrations’ while operating a motor vehicle to show it doesn’t take a lot to curve driving and decision-making skills.

What Makes a Hoosier a Bad Driver, Part 2 of 4: Drunk Driving

In every State, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher yet Marion County has been home to an uptick of alcohol infused crashes since 2015, with county seat Indianapolis home to the majority of them. So as we continue our summer blog series about what makes a bad driver using Car Insurance Comparison’s ranking of Indiana motorists, we decided to take a closer look at the predictable effects of different blood alcohol concentrations while operating a motor vehicle to show it doesn’t take a lot to curve driving and decision-making skills.

Simply put, alcohol reduces the function of the brain, impairs thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All of the abilities essential to operating a vehicle safely. A person’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood and proves that even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability. In fact, a standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount is found in:

  • 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
  • 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
  • 1.5-ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)

BAC level is used to determine if someone is operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. With help from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here is a closer look at the effects of mixing alcohol and driving at several different BACs.

  • BAC .02: Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target), decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention), some loss of judgment.
  • BAC .08: Concentration, short-term memory loss, speed control, reduced information processing capability and reaction time (e.g., signal detection, visual search), impaired perception and muscle coordination.
  • BAC .15: Far less muscle control than normal, vomiting may occur (unless this level is reached slowly, or a person has developed a tolerance for alcohol), major loss of balance. Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing.

Please share this “quick read” with the people in your life. With more drivers on the road and an uptick in drunk driving incidences across the state already this year, this is just a small way we can all continue to make others aware about bad driving choices in hopes of staying accident and injury free.

Never Drive Drunk! Hold Impaired Drivers Accountable

If tragedy strikes and you or someone you love is injured in a summer related driving accident or you were involved in a crash with a drunk driver, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. We put decades of experience to work for you, and we won’t collect any fees unless your case is settled or won. Connect with us by submitting our online form, and our attorneys will review your information, and respond promptly. If you wish to speak directly with us, please call (888) 204-8440.

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