A new study determined that drivers with a ‘slight’ buzz are more likely to be at fault in an accident than sober drivers. The study looked at fatal car crash data and other US databases of more than 570,000 Motor Vehicle Collisions between 1994 and 2011 found there is apparently no safe alcohol level in the bloodstream when it comes to driving.
The data looked at included Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) measurements for the driver as well as a breakdown as to who was at fault for the Car Accident.
The lowest Blood Alcohol Level recorded was a BAC of .01, and the study showed drivers with this BAC were 46 percent more likely to be at fault for the car Crash than a sober driver.
To put it in perspective, an adult man would need half of a single 12 oz. beer to reach .01 BAC on a Breathalyzer Test. For both men and women, as blood alcohol content increased so did the percentage of likeliness that the Intoxicated Driver was at fault for the Car Accident.
There was no real difference found between driving capacity when at a .07 BAC, just below the legal limit and .08, the legal limit.
This study proposes that the lower we make the legal BAC the safer our society will be. In Europe, most countries have legal limits of .05 and in Sweden and Japan the legal Blood Alcohol Content is even at a lower threshold.
The study utilized research into Drunk Driving, Driving While Impaired (DWI)and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) looking back over 50 years. The United States initially defined ‘DRUNK’ for the purpose of Driving Over the Legal Limit at a Blood Alcohol Content of .15 in the 1930’s. This BAC level remained constant until the 50’s where it was lowered to .10, and then .08 in the 60’s.
This study indicated that it was completely arbitrary to punish someone if they were at or above a .08 BAC and not punish someone at .07 BAC and below. The study stated that whether it’s one drink or ten drinks, the Driver is still going to be technically guilty of Driving While Impaired (DWI) and putting themselves as well as other drivers at a great risk for Car Wrecks and various Motor Vehicle Collisions as result of their actions.
Insurance Companies as well as Mother’s Against Drunk Driving are being encouraged to utilize this study for further lobbying in the area of DWI’s nationwide.
Contact our Lawyers if you or someone you know has been charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Greensboro, North Carolina, High Point, North Carolina, or the surrounding area.