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How does drinking affect your ability to drive safely?

When you get into your vehicle, turn the ignition and prepare to drive, every possible distraction should be eliminated and your full focus should be on driving safely. Participating in risky behaviors while you are operating a vehicle can put you at a significantly higher chance of being involved in an accident that could have been preventable with more cautious behavior. One distraction, and one that can get you in serious legal trouble in Pennsylvania is the decision to drive while you are drunk. 

One fact that many people wrongfully discount is just how little alcohol consumption it takes for their body to become compromised. Your understanding of the direct correlation between your blood alcohol content and the way you are able to react while driving can help to illustrate just how dangerous drinking and driving is. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at only a .02 percent blood alcohol content level, your judgment can be impaired enough to delay your ability to make important decisions in an appropriate period of time. 

At a .08 percent blood alcohol content level, which is the legal limit in most states around the nation, you can experience difficulties making important judgments, detecting danger and remembering important facts. Your ability to reason and control your own temperament is also affected. When you consider how these challenges may affect your ability to drive, the thought can be alarming. With even a minute presence of alcohol in your bloodstream, your ability to follow traffic rules, identify the behaviors of other drivers and, and detect danger and hazards are significantly compromised. As such, it is critical that you make alternate plans for your transportation if you plan to drink at all before you need to go somewhere. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 


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