Impaired driving is one of America’s most-often-committed and deadliest crimes. In 2006, more than 13,000 people were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.
Far too many people still don’t understand that alcohol, drugs, and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident, nor is it a victimless crime. Fortunately, much of the tragedy that comes from impaired driving crashes could be prevented if everyone would take a few simple precautions.
Always follow these tips:
Impaired Driving Creates Serious Consequences
The tragedies and costs from driving impaired do not just end at the potential death and injury caused by impaired drivers. Driving or riding a motorcycle while impaired is not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant.
Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, other fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, lost time at work, etc. Refuse a sobriety test in many jurisdictions and you can lose your license on the spot and have your car impounded. Plus, there is the added embarrassment, humiliation, and potential loss and consequence after informing family, friends, and employers.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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