As the holiday season approaches, celebrations (even in the tie of the pandemic) make drinking and driving more likely. The pandemic itself encourages people to drink in order to cope with their social isolation and other troubles. Everyone, when they’re sober, understands that the combination of drinking and driving is often fatal. Drunk drivers are leading cause of traffic accidents across Tennessee and across America.
The two main ways to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents are to either drink less or make sure someone else does the driving if you become intoxicated. Drunk drivers can be charged with a Tennessee DUI charge if their blood alcohol content is .08 or more. A conviction for DUI means mandatory jail time, loss of driving license, fines, increased insurance rates, and other negative consequences.
Drunk driving and roadway dangers
According to Telegraph (a UK publication), some of the reasons drunk drivers are dangerous to themselves and others are:
- Slower reaction times. Drivers who are intoxicated are not as able to react to emergencies as quickly as sober drivers. They’re less likely to make the connection between observing a danger and slamming on the brakes or shifting to another lane of travel. Drivers traveling at 60 mph travel 88 feet per second. Thousands and thousands of accidents can happen if a drive loses just that one second in reaction time.
- Driver distraction. Drunk drivers are often easily distracted. Their minds often aren’t focused on the road in front of them. Drunk drivers are much less likely to recognize a danger than sober drivers.
- Over-confidence. Drinking makes people less inhibited. A lack of inhibition may be great for the karaoke floor – but if you’re driving, over-confidence means taking more risks (such as passing improperly or driving too closely).
- The ability to recognize dangers. “Even with just 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in their system… drivers who had been drinking were less able to spot danger. And when they did identify a hazard, they responded more abruptly, thereby increasing the chances of an accident.”
People who drink should make arrangements for someone else to drive them home. Drivers should also consider using public transportation or just walking home. People who drink should also understand they may still be impaired the next morning.
Impaired driving due to alcohol can affect:
- A driver’s judgment
- Spatial realtions
The best course of action is to plan ahead if you think you’re going to have a drink. If you are charged with drunk driving, there are often defenses. At the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates, we work to exclude evidence that was illegally obtained. We fight to show the police had no grounds to stop you and to show the tests they gave you were invalid. We’ve obtained numerous dismissals and plea bargains of DUI cases. We represent clients in Franklin, Columbia, and Brentwood, and throughout Tennessee. Call our office at 615-977-9370 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.