233 crashes, 4 fatal, 26 serious injuries, 62 minor injuries and 141 damage only. The social costs for these crashes mount up to more than $44 million.
It is important to realise that this is only the tip of the iceberg, because for every reported crash there are a few crashes that are not being reported for obvious reasons. This may give drivers the perception that the chances of being caught are very slim, but all the drivers that crashed thought it wouldn’t happen to them too!
Effects of alcohol on people
Alcohol and vehicles are a deadly mix. Each year many families lose loved ones, or people are mutilated for life because an impaired driver made a reckless decision to drink and drive.
Alcohol is a depressant. It is absorbed into the blood stream and affects body functions. Although quickly absorbed, it remains in the body for an extended period of time. Many mistakenly believe that strong coffee or a cold shower will alleviate the effects of alcohol. These remedies do not work, and only time will eliminate alcohol from the body. For this reason, alcohol may still be detectable in the blood stream at lunchtime the following day.
Alcohol reduces driving skills
Alcohol has a depressant effect on driving skills causing drivers to misjudge their capabilities. Some of the effects of alcohol that affect driving include:
Mixing alcohol and other drugs
If alcohol is used in conjunction with other drugs (legal or illegal), the effects of both substances will be increased – an even more deadly situation. Education is offered to increase awareness about this effect as well. In the case of prescription drugs, health professionals should be educating patients about the dangers of combining alcohol with medications they are prescribing.
Getting home afterwards Blood alcohol concentration is affected by weight and number of drinks ingested. If you are going to drink, the safest course of action is to make alternative transportation arrangements before you start drinking. These might include:
Intoxicated driver ahead!
If you observe a drunk driver, do not attempt to approach with your vehicle. Instead, call the police. Drunk drivers are risking their own lives and the lives of others. Signs of a drunk driver include:
Reduced driver performance even at low levels
Performance becomes much worse as the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) increases, for example:
There is so much information available to help someone make an informative decision, but it is up to the individual to take the first step.
You may ask where the young drivers aged 15-19 get their alcohol from. The answer in most cases is from home… is that your son or daughter, brother or sister?