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Drunk drivers: Intoxication and impaired driving kill

To drive safely, drivers need to be alert, well-rested and sober. When a driver chooses to get drunk before getting behind the wheel or even has a few drinks to feel tipsy, that driver is putting others at risk.

Even though the legal alcohol limit for drivers is 0.08 percent, that doesn't mean that having less alcohol in your blood won't affect you. Inebriation still causes effects, even if you haven't had more than the legal limit.

What happens when a person drinks?

When an individual drinks, several things change. First, the person's reflexes slow down. Second, the individual's eyes are affected. He or she may not perceive one's surroundings well or have blurred vision. Next, the ability to track with one's eyes and recognize location changes.

After that, the person's ability to comprehend changes in the road or to make rational decisions is affected. The individual may have poor reaction times and poor coordination and concentration.

With over 10,000 young people killed in the United States every year as a result of alcohol, it's clear that people need to understand the role alcohol plays in crashes. The current limit is the point at which you should never drive, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily safe to drive with a blood alcohol concentration under 0.08 percent.

The law does recognize that some people may still show signs of intoxication even though they're not legally drunk. Individuals who cause a crash may be charged with driving while impaired instead of drunk driving, for example, if they caused a crash due to being unfit to drive.

As a victim of an accident, it's your right to look into ways to receive compensation. If the driver who hit you was drunk or intoxicated, that's a good reason to look into your options. Drunk driving is a hazard, and it's important to get those who would drive drunk off the roads.

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