Most people enjoy going out with their friends and enjoying some alcoholic beverages as they hang out. The problem is that sometimes one or more of those people has too much to drink and ends up getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while he or she is intoxicated. When people make that choice they are not only putting themselves in danger, but more importantly, they’re also putting everyone else they encounter on the road in danger.
One of the many programs that have been created to help prevent this kind of scenario from happening is the designated driver program. The idea is to allow a group of friends to still go out on the town and enjoy their evening, while still making it home safely without getting behind the wheel. In theory this is a great idea, but have you ever wondered just how sober designated drivers really are? The fact is, they might not be as alcohol-free as they’re supposed to be.
According to a study by researchers at the University of Florida, many so-called designated drivers aren’t really sober. In fact, many of them are actually legally impaired as well. According to the research, 41 percent of all the participants in the study had been drinking and 20 percent had actually had enough to be considered drunk. This should not come as a surprise actually, because according to a U.S. survey most drivers feel that it’s ok for a designated driver to drink so long as he or she doesn’t exceed the legal limit.
The fact is many people, although still under the legal limit, began to lose their cognitive abilities at much lower levels of blood alcohol. Some studies have even shown that people’s driving skills start to fail at a blood alcohol level of just .02 percent. Therefore, even though the designated driver program is a great theory the fact is many of those drivers should not be behind the wheel either.
No one should ever have to suffer because of the irresponsible choices of another person who decides to drive while intoxicated. If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, then you should meet with the experienced team at Michael T. Friedman & Associates P.C. in Chicago. We will help you fight for the damages to which you are entitled. Don’t wait to contact us if you have been the victim in auto accident. Call us as soon as you can at 312-339-8816, or contact us online.
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