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How does Pennsylvania's Graduated Driver Licensing work?

Vehicle crashes involving teen drivers are sadly frequent in Pennsylvania and are a leading cause of fatalities among young people. As a parent, you may help reduce the risk of your teen being in an accident by teaching and modeling safe driving techniques. The state's Graduated Driver Licensing program helps ensure your teen has adequate training and experience before he or she gets full legal driving privileges.

Signs a driver may be drunk

Drivers in Pennsylvania have the right to feel safe when they are on the road. Unfortunately, some people get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, and this poses a danger to other motorists. If another driver suspects someone is driving under the influence, it is important to report it so the impaired driver does not cause any harm. To make it easier, it is good to know what some of the signs are that indicate drunk driving.

Do not drink and operate a water vessel

Pennsylvania has numerous lakes, rivers, canals and other waterways that provide recreation in the summer months. Unfortunately, some boat operators equate drinking with being on the water, and this can have serious consequences. Boating under the influence has the same penalties as driving under the influence, and it is important that everyone understands that law enforcement takes it seriously.

Factors that affect alcohol levels

Most drivers in Pennsylvania know that driving under the influence of alcohol is a no-no, but many underestimate the amount of alcohol it takes to reach the legal limits. There are numerous factors that affect how alcohol metabolizes in the body, and a drink can affect one person way different than another one. This can result in people getting behind the wheel when they should not be driving. 

How can I spot a drunk driver?

Drunk driving is a very serious offense that is capable of destroying numerous lives in one fell swoop. While it's ultimately up to law enforcement to identify and apprehend drunk drivers, it also helps for ordinary citizens to be alert and aware when on the road. In this case, MADD offers the following advice on how you can spot a drunk driver and what you should do about it.

Understanding dram shop liability

Many in Pittsburgh may believe that their chances of encountering a drunk driver on the road are rare. This may come from an assumption that those who actually choose to drive while intoxicated are relatively few. They may think that reports of drunk driving arrests are not representative of the total population. Yet while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that while just over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in 2016, they also share data that suggests that number represents a mere one percent of the total number of American adults who admit to getting behind the wheel after drinking every year. 

When you are hit by an underage drunk driver

Whenever someone gets behind the wheel while they are drunk, the consequences can be terrible. For some drivers, however, drunk driving can be especially dangerous, such as those who are under the age of 21. Underage drunk drivers may be especially likely to cause a crash because they are inexperienced with alcohol, or they have not spent very much time on the road and are inexperienced drivers. In some instances, they may be inexperienced in both regards. If you are ever hit by someone who was driving drunk, it is pivotal to stand up for yourself regardless of their age.

Recovering from an on-the-job drunk driving accident

Every single day, reckless drivers show no regard for the safety of others by getting behind the wheel when they are intoxicated. Some people may exhibit this behavior while carrying out their job duties, such as those who struggle with an alcohol addiction. Moreover, a responsible driver may be struck by someone else who is under the influence while they are trying to drive for work-related purposes. Workplace accidents happen for many reasons, but those which involve an intoxicated driver can be especially devastating.

Hangovers and road safety

When it comes to drunk driving, there is no debating the dangers that are associated with this reckless behavior. Drunk drivers place many lives in danger, and they should be held fully responsible for getting behind the wheel in an inebriated state. However, some people dismiss the risks that are associated with driving while hungover. Some drivers may be inexperienced with alcohol, not realizing that they are still too inebriated to drive, while others may tell themselves that they are no longer drunk and are capable of driving safely.

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