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Study: Designated drivers not always sober

A recent study showed that 40 percent of 165 bar patrons that agreed to be a designated driver had alcohol in their system.
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    December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Study: Designated drivers not always sober

Weekends are a time to relax and perhaps celebrate special events in the Houston area. For some people this includes having a few beers or alcohol drinks. In an effort to lower the number of car accidents involving an inebriated driver, bars, restaurants and local agencies often promote the use of a designated driver.

New study reveals some designated drivers drink

The designated driver agrees not to drink alcohol, but a new study reveals that not every designated driver is alcohol-free. According to the Washington Times, the study showed that 40 percent of 165 bar patrons that agreed to be a designated driver had alcohol in their system.

The study was conducted near a college during football season according to The Washington Post. Researchers approached local bar patrons as they were leaving and asked them to participate in the study. The study included the following:
-Breath test with a hand-held device.
-Issuing a survey that focused on behaviors related to alcohol.
-Over 1,000 people were surveyed.
-Data collection occurred on nights that a home football game was occurring.
-Determining if the participant was a designated driver.

While the survey was admittedly limited in terms of where it was conducted, the numbers indicate that many designated drivers do not adhere to the no-alcohol rule.

Designated driver causes fatal crash

A designated driver in Massachusetts recently was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide for causing a fatal car accident. The Sun Chronicle reports that the man got behind the wheel of his car with a co-worker after attending a birthday party. The man lost control of the vehicle, hitting a cement bridge after slamming his vehicle into a pole. Unfortunately, the co-worker died in the accident.

A breath test revealed that the man had a blood alcohol content level of 0.11, well above the legal limit of 0.08. He admitted to law enforcement that he drank about 6 beers and had smoked marijuana before the crash.

Alcohol and driving doesn't mix

The Texas Department of Transportation reports that alcohol was a contributor in 35 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2011. Over 1,000 people died and it was revealed that many accidents involving alcohol occur between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. There were no statistics on how many of these drivers were supposed to be designated drivers.

When someone is injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, he or she can be facing some difficult challenges. Severe injuries can leave a person in constant pain, facing months of rehabilitation and even learning to live with a permanent disability. In addition, the medical costs and loss of income can leave the victim and the victim's family in financial straits. Seeking advice from an experienced car accident attorney can be beneficial and help a person get the compensation they are entitled to.

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