Every year, Texas ranks among the top 5 states in the nation for the highest number of deaths connected to drunk driving. While Texas has some of the toughest laws to prevent repeat offenses, those tough laws do not bring much closure to the victims of drunk drivers. The bottom line is, we have to do more to end impaired driving. Understand what can lead to the decision to drive while impaired so you can be a leader in preventing it.
Understand that even 1 drink can impair your ability to drive.
We all like to think we know our limits and can assess when we've had too much to drink. But any amount of alcohol can impair our ability to make decisions and react. A study conducted by Texas A&M found significant driving impairment in people with a BAC of just .04 percent. Both men and women can reach .04 percent BAC after one or two drinks. Even if you think you're okay to drive, it's always better to find an alternative way to get home rather than getting behind the week when you've been drinking.
It’s also important to note that you can be cited for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Texas with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) under .08 percent if you are caught driving recklessly or have caused an accident. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in the state of Texas, you are considered legally intoxicated when your BAC reaches 0.08%, but you are breaking the law as soon as drugs or alcohol affect your ability to drive.
Understand that driving under the influence of drugs or prescription medication is also dangerous.
Less attention is paid to the effects of certain drugs on the ability to drive, but this is a growing problem across Texas. Marijuana has effects on driving similar to alcohol, with slowed reaction times and impaired judgment. Drugs like cocaine or heroin can make drivers aggressive and reckless. Even over-the-counter cold medicines or prescription drugs can make drivers dizzy, drowsy, and can lead wo a DWI. If you use illegal drugs, do not get behind the wheel. If you are taking any medicine, read the label to determine if you should be driving.
Planning ahead will save lives.
If you plan to have an alcoholic drink, make a plan for how you'll get home safely. Use a ride-share app service like Uber or Lyft to get you home so you do not have to worry about driving. There are so many alternatives that there is no excuse for getting on the road when you have been drinking or taking drugs. You owe it to yourself and others on the road to not get behind the wheel when you've been drinking.
Call the Button Law Firm if you are injured by a drunk driver.
No matter how many precautions you take, others may still choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, putting you at risk because of their bad decisions. If you are injured in a car wreck and suspect the other driver was impaired, we can help. Reach out to our team for a free consultation.