Drunk driving is a serious crime and can lead to severe punishment. Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is also sometimes referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI). Drunk driving is the act of consuming alcohol and driving any motorized vehicle including cars, scooters, trucks, and motorcycles, etc. Usually, people who are affected by AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder) and underage drinkers who binge drink are very much at risk of driving while drunk. The impact of drunk driving causes ripple effects, thus causing distress to everyone close to the perpetrator. It puts a huge strain on personal and social relationships.
Why is drinking and driving so risky?
Alcohol consumption, even in diminutive amounts, negatively affects our cognitive skills, motor abilities, and reaction time. Even blood alcohol content (BAC) as little as 0.08% can affect driving skills. Hence, it influences the person’s ability to drive, and this could lead to accidents. Drunk driving not only puts the driver at risk but is fatal to everyone around them, including fellow passengers and pedestrians. This is where you can use services provided by FIrst Drive to avoid any mishappenings.
How does BAC affect driving?
Blood alcohol content levels as minute as 0.02% starts affecting the person’s driving ability. Here is how different levels of BAC affects driving:
- BAC of 0.02-0.05: Lack of judgment, decreased visual function, cannot multitask, lack of coordination, and decreased muscle control.
- BAC of 0.08: Reduced response rate and ability to detect moving objects, exaggerated behavior and decreased the ability to process information.
- BAC of 0.10-0.15: Extreme loss of balance, slurred speech, exaggerated loss of coordination, nearly zero muscle control, etc.
How does alcohol affect driving skills?
- Slow reaction time and loss of concentration: Alcohol affects how quickly one is able to respond to various situations. One might not be able to control the speed of the vehicle and this can cause accidents. Attention span is deeply compromised which leads to a dramatic loss of concentration while driving.
- Reduced vision and lack of coordination: Too much alcohol induces a lack of coordination, some signs include trouble walking, inability to walk straight. There is a loss of eye, hand and foot coordination. If vision becomes blurred, the person is unable to judge distance and has reduced peripheral vision.
What are the consequences of drunk driving?
(1) Legal repercussions and license restrictions: The criminal may be put on probation and be asked to attend counseling and community service. The driver’s license may be temporarily suspended or revoked.
(2) Emotional trauma: The individual responsible for drunk driving has to face the aftermath and it can be very difficult to deal with. Perpetrators often fall victim to depression and may end up living in guilt for the rest of their lives.
(3) Economic costs: Drunk driving results in a lot of property damage and legal expenses. There is a huge burden of emergency medical bills and insurance fees.
Avoiding driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime punishable with a fine of AED 20,000 and even imprisonment. Avoid getting into any troubles by availing exemplary driver services fro First Drive, and have a fun time while not having to worry about any commuting.