you called it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) or DUI (Driving
Under the Influence), drunk driving remains a serious problem
in the U.S. or anywhere a strong middle class car culture
exists - think the entire industrialized world.
old myth that "the angels protect fools...and drunks"
does not bear up under other recent studies. Research clearly shows that
the risk of car crashes increases as a driver's blood alcohol
level increases. In fact, drunk drivers are three times more likely to be involved
in a crash than a sober one.
In the United States, the legal limit can vary by state, but for all states as of 2011 it is 0.08% blood alcohol content as measured by a breathalyser. Depending on your height and weight, and how long it has been since your last drink, that percentage equals a couple of beers. (For a more exact estimate, see this BAC chart.)
the Web, get more facts on drunk driving, find out what local
communities are doing to educate drivers along with how to's
on driving defensively, and lots more information on why every
single injury and fatality caused by drunk driving remains
More about drunk driving around the Web:
- Comprehensive site from SUNY Potsdam featuring facts on
the dangers of drunk driving, DUI/DWI information, how to
drive defensively, tips on choosing a designated driver, related
stats, links and resources.
Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - A huge repository of information
on drunk driving with a special focus on underage teen and college
drinking with stats, story articles, and details on their 24-hour
live helpline, searchable database of local MADD chapters in the
Foundation - Non-profit organization offering facts, information
and DUI news including overviews of US state laws, fines and penalties,
youth issues and underage drinking, related research and statistical