Buzzed Driving Just As Dangerous, UC San Diego Study Says
"Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," according to one driver safety campaign run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For many motorists in San Diego and across the count ry, however, this connection isn't one they are likely to make, as many drivers get behind the wheel after drinking – assured that by being under the legal limit, they are still being safe. A new study from researchers at UC San Diego, however, is challenging that widespread belief with cold hard facts.
In California, the legal limit for driving under the influence (DUI) is .08% blood alcohol content (BAC). This is a level at which it has been determined that most people experience a reduction in reaction time and motor function that makes them a risk on the road. According to the UC San Diego study released last week, however, motorists who drive buzzed – even at very low BAC levels – still pose significant dangers on public roadways. The study also found that buzzed drivers frequently cause fatal traffic crashes.
After examining accident reports from 570,131 fatal crashes that took place between 1994 and 2011, researchers found the following:
- Drinking and driving – at any level of intoxication – is dangerous and associated with more severe accidents.
- Drivers with even just .01% BAC are 46% more likely to be held entirely at fault for an auto accident than sober drivers involved.
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The study highlights the fact that having just one drink can have a real impact on driving behaviors, and in turn, the safety of others on the road. With such alarming data in hand, researchers from the study have suggested a lowering of the legal BAC limit. More than 100 countries have already established a BAC limit of .05%, including most European countries.
Although the legal limit remains .08%, drivers who cause accidents while intoxicated – even below the legal limit – can still face criminal charges and can still be held responsible for causing the collision. At The McClellan Law Firm, our San Diego car accident lawyers fight for victims who have suffered damages in accidents caused by buzzed or drunk drivers.
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