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Buzzed drivers and traffic collisions

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury |

Buzzed driving, also known as driving under the influence of alcohol to a lesser extent than drunk driving, is a dangerous behavior. Drivers must remember that buzzed driving significantly increases the risk of traffic accidents.

Understanding the impact of buzzed driving on road safety helps promote responsible driving habits and prevent accidents.

Crashes caused by buzzed driving

When a driver becomes buzzed, meaning they have consumed alcohol but may not be legally drunk, their ability to operate a vehicle safely is still affected. Even small amounts of alcohol can impact coordination, reaction time and decision-making skills, putting both the driver and others on the road at risk.

Unfortunately, buzzed driving is a leading factor in many traffic accidents. Buzzed drivers are more likely to make errors behind the wheel, such as swerving between lanes, running red lights or failing to yield to other vehicles. These impaired driving behaviors can lead to collisions, injuries and even fatalities on the road. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 2,200 people died in traffic accidents involving a driver whose BAC level was between .01 and .07 during 2021. It is important to note that even at BAC levels below the legal limit, the effects of alcohol on driving performance are still significant.

Preventing buzzed driving accidents

To prevent accidents caused by buzzed driving, drivers must make responsible choices before getting behind the wheel. This includes arranging for a designated driver, using public transportation or calling a rideshare service to ensure a safe ride home. Drivers should not let others pressure them to drive after drinking. They should encourage friends and family to make responsible choices as well.

By raising awareness about the dangers of buzzed driving, people can work towards creating safer roads for everyone. Remember, buzzed driving is still impaired driving, and the consequences can be severe.