Weeks, then months, then seasons fly by and suddenly it’s time for the winter holidays again. Everyone gets busier than usual and de-stressing at the company holiday party or meeting friends for a quick drink after a long week sound wonderful. You have been working hard, and life’s too short to work all the time. Being rushed and preoccupied with your to-do list may blur your awareness of your level of impairment. In fact, many people incorrectly imagine the difference between being intoxicated and being buzzed to be big enough that their driving is not affected – that messages like “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” are intended for overtly drunk drivers and not them.
Regardless of any subjective definition, driving while buzzed is still driving while under the influence of alcohol. Even a small amount of alcohol can make you an unsafe driver because it is a depressant that:
- Slows reaction time
- Reduces judgment abilities
- Diminishes ability to focus
- Makes you feel sleepy.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2012, an average of one life was lost approximately every 51 minutes because of drunk driving. Drunk and buzzed and “I’m fine, really” and “It’s a short drive” driving. That same year, impaired driving killed 10,322 people on America’s roadways and 35 percent of the drivers involved in fatal nighttime crashes were impaired by alcohol.
Consuming even a few drinks can affect your driving. Consider the financial costs that can stem just from getting ticketed, such as legal fees, court costs, and higher insurance rates, plus the human cost if you cause an accident. Avoiding these risks are worth any minor inconvenience that comes with staying off the road if you’ve been drinking. Have a safe way to get home planned out before your night starts. Leave your car keys at home and use a taxi, ride public transportation, or call a sober friend or member of your family instead.
If you have any questions about this topic, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the attorneys at the Macon, GA-based Mann Law Firm. We are ready to provide you with a free and confidential initial consultation. Contact us by calling (478) 742-3381 or through our online form.