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Why do some people drive drunk?

In 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Driving formed, making waves in legislation and public awareness to address driving while impaired. Since then, the organization has helped decrease the number of drunk driving fatalities.

The goal is to reach zero. After decades, why are the numbers not there yet? With so much education, why do people still choose to get on the road when intoxicated, causing accidents, injuries and deaths to others and themselves?

Underestimating the effects of alcohol

Perhaps one of the most common reasons for drunk driving is unintentional. Some people simply do not realize how much a small amount of alcohol can affect them. So many factors play a role in BAC, from gender and size to food and medicine consumption. This may be the area where education needs to continue the most so that drivers understand it does not take much alcohol for their judgment and coordination to become impaired.

Giving in to social pressure

A driver may not have plans to drink at all, but at the last minute, attends a social event with the expectation of consuming alcohol. The person may end up getting drunk, and with impaired judgment and no preparation for safe transportation, get behind the wheel or have an intoxicated friend drive. Even if the person only has one drink, as the previous point expresses, that may be all it takes to cause an accident.

Suffering from alcoholism

The most horrible incidents may be from repeat offenders who do not seem to learn their lesson. They may be suffering from alcoholism. Whether you view it as a disease, an addiction or a choice, it has a powerful effect on the brain that only intense recovery treatment can undo.

Some court systems may not offer program alternatives to jail, but some drunk drivers choose to refuse treatment. In all cases, ignition interlock devices can prevent some offenses. However, they cannot stop a drunk driver from using someone else’s car.

Regardless of the reason for drunk driving, the consequences are the same: unnecessary, avoidable tragedy. When tragedy strikes your family, it is time to speak to a lawyer.


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