DUI’s are an unfortunate part of drinking and partying. Too many don’t think rationally and will get behind the wheel after too much alcohol, or extremely too much.
Ajua Bail Bonds would like to share some DUI facts in the hopes you understand what you might be risking after you try to drive after alcohol consumption.
1. Every 30 minutes a person is killed due to drunk driving.
2. In almost 50% of driving fatalities, alcohol is present.
3. Alcohol related accidents are 5 times more likely to occur in the evening hours.
4. DUI convictions happen to 2/3 of people with their first offense.
5. Most folks believe New Year’s Eve is the holiday where most DUI situations are issued, but in fact, Thanksgiving is the most abundant holiday for DUI offenders.
6. Most DUI’s are issued during the holidays. Better to avoid driving if you can help it.
7. Coffee isn’t a sobering remedy. Even drinking a hot cup of Joe will not keep the effects of alcohol away. All it could do for you is give you a caffeine jolt to keep you awake while still drunk.
8. Teenage drivers are more likely willing to drive drunk.
9. A common misconception is heavier people can consume more alcohol, which entirely untrue. Any person can drink more alcohol if there belly is full of food. Food will absorb more alcohol.
10. Time is the only remedy for sobering up, there are no real remedies that can help one quickly overcome the effects of drinking alcohol.
11. On a rough estimate, 1 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident at some point in their life.
12. According to the law in all 50 U.S. states, a driver is considered to be legally drunk when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) level is at or above .08 grams per deciliter or g/dL.
13. To reach a BAC level of .08 g/dL, a man weighing approximately 170 pounds would need to drink four standard drinks in one hour on an empty stomach. A woman weighing about 140 pounds would need to consume three drinks in one hour.
14. When your BAC level is .08, it takes approximately 6 hours for the alcohol to work its way out of your system.
15. Close to 75% of alcohol related deaths are also those not wearing a seat belt.
Signs of an Impaired or Drunk Driver:
• Driver is making wide turns.
• Driving in the center of the road.
• Nearly colliding with other vehicles or objects in the road.
• Weaving and swerving excessively.
• Driving other surfaces besides roads.
• Turning illegally or without warning.
• Driving under 10 mph the posted speed limit.
• Inappropriate or sudden stops or braking erratically.
• Following too closely.
• Driving on the wrong side of the road.
• Slow response time.
• Driving in the dark with no head lights.
If you should spot a drunk driver, get the license plate, make, model and color of the vehicle. If you can, pull over and notify authorities of your suspicions and be sure to give them your location as this could save someone’s life.