The Good, Bad and Ugly: Facts about Driving Drunk

ientific data from various academic sources and research findings, provides convincingly clear evidence that important driving skills are impaired at very low blood alcohol concentrations (BACs).

When considering the facts about driving drunk and discussing how alcohol can affect driving in general, it requires recognition that it falls to society as a whole, and legislative representatives in particular, to assess the costs of and the remedies for alcohol-impaired driving.

Many thousands of people are killed each year by drunken drivers and hundreds of thousands more are injured.

Irrefutable drunk driving facts stare us in the face, verified by study after study. Information sharing, raising, building and sustaining awareness of myths and facts about drunk driving form priority and key elements of campaigns by MADD (Mothers against drunk driving), the NHTSA and others who all highlight the facts and educate others regarding the devastating effects, results, impact and consequences of drunk driving.

The facts about driving drunk include consideration of consequences: Punishment for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or driving drunk, will vary, based on geographic locale and law in that state or county as well as which country you find yourself in. The potential consequences will depend upon whether or not it is the first offense, and whether various punishment enhancements may apply.

Generally, for a first offense DUI or DWI, penalties will include a fine, possible jail time or community service, a driver's license restriction, and mandatory attendance at an alcohol and drug education program.

For a second offense or multiple offense drinking and driving convictions, some jail time will almost certainly be imposed, as well as a much longer alcohol and drug education program.

Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, a required installation of an ignition interlock device, or impounding the offender's car are also possible punishments for a drunk driving conviction.

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