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What are the significant impacts of drunk driving?

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Drunk Driving |

If you find yourself arrested for DUI in Nebraska, your life can be shattered. You can face a slew of penalties if convicted and additional consequences even if you’re acquitted. Drunk driving also has numerous impacts, including the following statistics.

How drinking affects driving ability

Many driving under the influence accidents occur when the driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level ranging from 0.02% to 0.26%. Although the legal limit is 0.08%, some people get into serious crashes even with a BAC as low as 0.01%. This is because even with a very low BAC level, your ability to drive may be impaired. It’s possible to experience a loss of coordination and balance, impaired judgment, lower reaction time, lower control, memory impairment, difficulty multitasking and reduced alertness.

Impacts of drunk driving

Every year, thousands of people are killed in DUI accidents. In 2020 alone, nearly 11,700 victims died in such crashes. Drunk driving accounts for around 30% of all fatal car accidents in the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that those numbers have increased by more than 14% over a year’s time from 2019 to 2020.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, younger drivers under the age of 21 make up 17% of all fatal DUI crashes. Teen drivers are already more likely to get into accidents, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their risk is 17% higher when they consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel.

In a scary statistic, over 4 million adults admitted to driving after consuming alcohol. Around one-third of people arrested for DUI are repeat offenders.

Drunk driving is never worth the risk. Finding an alternative way home is best if you know you’ll be drinking.