About four years ago, I stopped drinking alcohol. While there were a number of reasons for this big decision, including promoting a healthier lifestyle, not having to worry about getting behind the wheel of a car after a few adult beverages, was a main factor. In a job where there seems to be a party or special event almost nightly, unless you live in the city where taxi’s and Uber are readily available, getting home safely at night can be a challenge. After all, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you are 4.5 times more likely to be involved in a drunken driving related fatality at night than during the day (36 percent versus 8 percent).
In my humble opinion, even one drink is too much for those planning to drive. You read that correctly… even one drink.
Any impairment, even the very slightest is a hazard. Now, couple this with any of the following including a late night, dark roads, high speeds, rain, snow, an incoming text message from your spouse, etc.… and that drink can easily contribute to a very bad situation. And let’s not forget about all the others on the road who might be impaired to some degree as well. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation more than 300,000 people drive drunk each day, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
Heck, avoiding all these potential hazards and driving 100% sober is tough enough! In 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person was killed every 52-minutes in a drunken driving related crash, and 290,000 were injured
While no reasonable person can dispute the dangers posed by drinking and driving, many will argue that one drink of alcohol is legal, and not dangerous. Perhaps there’s some truth to that argument. However, I wouldn’t want a doctor performing my daughter’s heart surgery after having a drink and I wouldn’t feel comfortable seeing the pilot at the airport bar just before flying my family to our vacation destination. There’s a reason why these professions have a zero tolerance policy.
I think the same policy should apply to all of us. I say skip the drink and get home with 100 percent clarity. It might just save your life, or someone else’s.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our attorneys have years of experience helping people injured in accidents involving drunk drivers. For more information, or if you have sustained injuries in any type of motor vehicle accident, please contact us for an immediate and free consultation.