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Monday, June 10, 2013

Designated Drivers Have Been Drinking

Drink Driving Law & Motoring History
Everyday drunk drivers put their life and the lives of others in jeopardy. It is often the case that the designated driver is the individual who has consumed the least amount of alcohol and on a number of occasions that individual is drunk. About 10,000 people die in alcohol-related car crashes each year.

The University of Florida conducted a study which found that 35 percent of designated drivers have been drinking. A large proportion of designated drivers have blood-alcohol levels that qualify as being impaired, according to the report.

“If you look at how people choose their designated drivers, oftentimes they’re chosen by who is least drunk or who has successfully driven intoxicated in the past—successful meaning got home in one piece…that’s disconcerting,” lead author Adam E. Barry said in a news release.

More than 1,000 people, of which 165 said they were designated drivers, had breathalyzers administered upon leaving bars. 65 percent had no blood alcohol content, 17 percent had levels between 0.02 and 0.049, and 18 percent had levels measuring 0.05 or higher, according to The New York Times.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that states drop allowable blood-alcohol levels for drivers, from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent.

The new study was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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