Everyone knows drunk driving is against the law. Yet, a lot of people continue to drive after having a few drinks. Why?
Most people tend to overestimate their ability to “handle” it. Maybe you’ve thought: “I don’t feel drunk,” or, “I’ve waited long enough, it’s safe to drive home now.” Or, maybe you just don’t want to go through the hassle (or embarrassment?) of paying for a cab and having to go back for your car tomorrow, or taking turns with your friends being the Designated Driver.
Is it Safe to Drive Home?
Since Safety 1st Driving School is dedicated to educating our Mission Viejo and Orange County friends, here are a few vital pieces of information regarding Drinking and Driving Safety.
- When you drink alcohol, it is passed directly into your bloodstream. BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) can be measured accurately and reliably with breathalyzers and blood tests.
- Although you may not realize it, it’s a FACT that alcohol affects your driving skills. This includes slower reaction time, poor coordination, and sedation. Think about how you feel when you’re “buzzed.” You’re not at your sharpest or most coordinated, are you?
- A BAC of .08 or higher means you are legally intoxicated.
- If you are under 21 (the legal drinking age), ANY BAC over .00 is illegal.
- You need to wait AT LEAST 45 minutes PER DRINK to get down to a .00 BAC.
- Everyone is different. What may take one person to a .03 BAC may take the next person to a .08.
- Be aware, what you may think of as one drink may actually constitute 2 or more! Do some research on drinks you enjoy.
The ONLY way to get alcohol out of your bloodstream is to WAIT.
- Plan your parties ahead of time and make sure everyone has a ride home. If you’re hosting, make sure you know who the DDs are and that they are the ones with the keys.
- Have taxi cab numbers handy, and/or have some areas in your home where people can sleep over if needed.
- No mid-party beer runs!
- Put away the alcohol an hour before people are supposed to leave.
Take Mom’s advice: Better to be safe than sorry.
From Safety 1st Driver Education to you: Get a ride, get a room, or stay home. Let’s keep Orange County safe – one SMART driver at a time!