25 Jul 5 Ways Intoxication Impairs Driving Abilities
Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 is drunk driving and is illegal throughout the U.S. Regardless of this fact, along with the fact that DUI penalties are pretty harsh (and are getting even more severe in many places), people still make the bad decision to climb behind the wheel when they are intoxicated.
This creates a danger for anyone sharing the road with drunk drivers, and we’ll reveal just why that is below.
How Being Drunk Impairs Drivers’ Abilities
When motorists are drunk, they experience:
Perception problems – Drunk drivers can lose as much as one-third of their visual acuity. This increases the chances that they will not see other cars or travelers on the road and/or that they will do things like run red lights, blow through stop signs, etc.
- Coordination impairments – Impaired drivers will also have difficulty coordinating their movements and controlling their fine motor skills. This, in turn, makes it far more likely that drunk people will exaggerate their movements when driving and, in doing so, increase the chances that collisions will occur.
- Difficulties making reasonable, safe decisions – One of the reasons that drunk driving is so problematic is that people who are drunk are far more likely to make the poor decision to get behind the wheel because alcohol impairs their decision-making abilities. In fact, some studies have found that BACs as low as 0.02 can start to cause people’s reasonable judgement to slide.
- Concentration problems – Alcohol impairment will also prevent drivers from being able to stay focused on one task when behind the wheel and to switch their focus between important tasks necessary for driving.
- Slowed down reaction times – Given that alcohol impairs people’s abilities to perceive what’s going on around them and then to appropriately respond, it may not be a big surprise that drunk drivers will also usually have slowed down reaction times. In fact, their reaction times can be delayed by as much as 25 percent. When the appropriate action in a situation is braking to avoid an accident, these delays can be harmful, if not deadly.
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