New study urges caution when choosing a designated driver
A new study shows that a significant number of so-called designated drivers regularly drink enough alcohol to become impaired.
August 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- New study urges caution when choosing a designated driver
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When people in Massachusetts and across the nation go out for a night on the town, they often rely on a designated driver to ensure that they get home safely. Although everyone who is going to drink should plan on a way to get home without having to get behind the wheel, a recent study suggests that designated drivers are not necessarily the most reliable way to do this, as many do not fulfill their promises to refrain from drinking.
For the study recently published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the drinking habits of 1,071 people who frequented bars were monitored over a three-month period. Of the participants, 165 were designated drivers. Shockingly, about 40 percent of the designated drivers drank alcohol before driving others home during the study.
Even more shocking was what was discovered when researchers gave the designated drivers breath tests before they left for the evening. It was found that about 17 percent had a blood alcohol level between .02 and .049, indicating that they had consumed enough alcohol to affect their driving skills. Additionally, 18 percent of the drivers had a blood alcohol level of .05 and above. In this range, the driver is 38 percent more likely of being involved in a car accident.
To address the problematic effect that alcohol has on drivers with a blood alcohol level just below the current legal limit of .08, the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended that state legislatures pass laws lowering the legal limit to .05. As of now, none of them have taken action to implement the new standard.
Drunk driving still kills in Massachusetts
Although tougher drunk driving laws in the past two decades have caused drunk driving deaths to drop, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drunk drivers are still a frequent cause of fatal car accidents nationwide. In 2010, the CDC reported that 31 percent of car accidents were caused by drunk drivers. Overall, drunk driving accidents were responsible for the deaths of 10,228 people, or an average of 30 people per day.
The most recent statistics indicate that drunk driving caused over one-third of the traffic deaths in Massachusetts during 2012, an increase of 8.5 percent from the previous year. Overall Massachusetts ranked the 10th worst state for drunk driving deaths, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The authors of the study urge people to be careful about choosing the person to drive them home after a night out. If there is any indication that he or she is impaired or unable to drive safely, it is important to find another way home.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, you may be eligible to recover compensation under Massachusetts law. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you on your situation and work to hold the negligent party accountable.
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