Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving

With St. Patrick's Day coming up in about a week I wanted to take a moment and remind you that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
Let's keep our roads safe and don't turn into a statistic just for one night of fun. I am pretty sure that you will want to be around to have some green beer next year.

On St. Patricks Day in 2009; 37 percent of drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes  had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

If you do plan on going out please remember to:
  • Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you leave your event
  • Be ready to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi. Have the phone number or taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.
Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patrick's Day, keep in mind that in 2009, 1,119 occupants of other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, so pay attention to others on the road. And remember, you don't have to be "falling down drunk" to be too impaired to drive safely. Even a few drinks can impair driving...and a buzzed driving crash has the same consequences as a drunk driving crash.

NHTSA needs your help in keeping the roads safe for everyone this St. Patrick's Day by spreading the word that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

You can follow Buzzed Driving on Facebook and Twitter for more information and to see how you can help spread the word.

I received no compensation for this post. I just believe that it needed to be posted, my beliefs and opinions are my own, yours may differ.

1 comment:

  1. Very good to write this. Sad that people need to be reminded. I get very upset when people think that a DUI is the ultimate consequence when drinking and driving...they don't think of hurting others or themselves.