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Study: Designated drivers often don't refrain from drinking

A new study recently released shows that up to 40 percent of designated drivers consume alcohol.
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    December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When the weekend arrives, many people in Phoenix enjoy meeting up with friends at the local clubs and bars where they can listen to great music and unwind from their life stresses. However, when people choose to drink and drive, they may end up arrested and charged with a DUI.

Using a designated driver

One way that people can avoid driving is to use a designated driver. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention the idea of using a designated driver is an extremely popular one but there appears to be some confusion over the rules a designated driver must follow. For example, some believe that the person who accepts the role of designated driver should refrain from drinking any alcohol while others believe that it is okay for a designated driver to drink as long as their blood alcohol content level stays below the legal limit.

The CDC points out that the lack of study data makes it impossible to determine whether the many programs run by state and local groups to encourage the use of a designated driver are effective. This means it isn't possible to know how many people rely on a designated driver or how many people agree to accept the job.

Designated driver accused of causing fatal crash

A man in Massachusetts allegedly admitted to consuming a large amount of alcohol and smoking marijuana before getting into his car with a co-worker. According to The Sun Chronicle, the man lost control of his vehicle while texting and the crash resulted in the death of the passenger. The man also is said to have told someone on the phone, prior to the accident, that he was drunk. Authorities say that his breath test result was 0.11 and he failed the field sobriety tests.

In addition to his other admissions, the man also said that he was the designated driver for the man who died. He is facing several charges, including motor vehicle homicide while driving drunk. He has pled not guilty to the charges and will likely be considering his options carefully.

A large number of designated drivers drink

A new study recently released shows that up to 40 percent of designated drivers consume alcohol, according to The Washington Post. The study was conducted near a college at bars on nights when there was a home football game. The study involved the following:
- A breath test for each participant.
- Over 1,000 people agreed to participate.
- Participants filled out a survey to gather demographic information and ask about behaviors relating to alcohol consumption.
- The surveys took about three to five minutes to complete.
- The researchers approached patrons between 10pm and 2:30pm.

While the study itself indicates that a large number of designated drivers drink, it should be remembered that it is not illegal for them to do so. When a person is pulled over and arrested for drunk driving, he or she should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

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