Drunk Driving

We have proved the point that drowsy-driving can kill. In fact, someone who is the nominated driver at the office party and resolutely avoids alcohol all night is still likely to be in no state to drive when the time comes to drive their friends and colleagues home.

Jo Whitbourn, Britannia Rescue

Drunk driving fatalities have plummeted over the last 30 years, with alcohol impaired driving responsible for fewer than 30% of fatalities in 2015. However, most Americans believe that the threat of drunk driving has increased during that time.

Due to the success of campaigns aimed at drunk driving, offenders are now rarely casual social drinkers, but hardcore alcoholics. In fact, national statistics indicated that a blood alcohol content of 0.19 (more than twice the legal limit) is the average level among drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes. But even though most Americans drink responsibly, they endanger lives through other—seemingly benign—activities.

With the driving public still fixated on a singular problem, motorists tend to ignore or trivialize larger threats to traffic safety.

The dangers from distracted driving are such that it takes our concentration away to the point that we are impaired as if we are drunk.

Robert Sinclair Jr., AAA

Other Threats Compared to Drunk Driving:

If drivers realized that by driving while tired they are just as impaired as if they were driving well over the legal drink-drive alcohol limit, then they might take the risks seriously.

Dr David Lewis,
Britannia Rescue (UK road rescue service)