Drunk drivers and drivers under the influence
of drugs are a hazard to themselves and to you.
Be especially alert around the closing times
for bars and taverns. Watch for drivers who have
trouble staying in their lane or maintaining speed,
stop without reason, or show other signs of being
under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Drinking alcohol and then driving is a very serious
People who drink alcohol are involved in traffic
accidents resulting in over 20,000 deaths every
You should know:
- How alcohol works in the human body.
- How it affects driving.
- Laws regarding drinking and driving.
- Legal, financial, and safety risks of drinking
The Truth About Alcohol.
There are many dangerous ideas about the use
of alcohol. The driver who believes in these wrong
ideas will be more likely to get into trouble.
What is a Drink?
It is the alcohol in drinks that affects human
performance. It doesn’t make any difference whether
that alcohol comes from “a couple of beers” or
from two glasses of wine or two shots of hard
All of the following drinks contain the same
amount of alcohol:
- A 12 ounce glass of 5% beer
- A 5 ounce glass of 12% wine
- A 1 1/2 ounce shot of 80 proof liquor
How alcohol works.
Alcohol goes directly from the stomach into the
blood stream. A drinker can control the amount
of alcohol which he or she takes in, by having
fewer drinks or none. However, the drinker cannot
control how fast the body gets rid of alcohol.
If you have drinks faster than the body can get
rid of them, you will have more alcohol in your
body and your driving will be more affected.
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