Virtually all motorists are familiar with the potential consequences of drinking and driving. For example, getting behind the wheel after happy hour could incur trouble with the law, including fines, jail time and a suspended license. Meanwhile, there is the possibility of injuring or killing someone else on the road.
Since alcohol alters brain chemistry, some drivers think it’s okay to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. A recent drunk driving survey sheds a light on how Americans perceive their ability to operate a motor vehicle despite indulging in adult beverages.
Motorists continue to risk DWI arrests
Sometimes you can distinguish between knowledge and actions. This may be the case for drinking and driving.
- More than 26% of women between ages 18 and 24 admitted to buzzed driving
- Less than 30% of males used a ridesharing service after drinking
- Only 45% of the females who participated reportedly called someone they knew to ask for a ride
Yet, more than 20% of those between 35 and 44 knew someone who had died in an accident involving a drunk driver.
So far this year, just over a quarter of survey respondents reported they feel unfit to drive after drinking three or four alcoholic beverages. Though, those who find an alternative way home are in the majority.
Officers also make errors
Despite the possible consequences drunk driving presents, many motorists continue to overestimate their skills. As such, they put others in danger.
Meanwhile, not all DWI charges are accurate. It’s important to verify the details of an alleged drunk driving traffic stop. Learning about potential errors can make it possible to protect the driving privileges at stake.