Everybody in New Jersey and across the nation is aware of the perils of driving after drinking alcohol. Intoxicated drivers pose a significant danger to themselves and their passengers, other motorists and passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
So why do people drink and drive when they realize that it can be disastrous, even lethal, to themselves and others?
Drinking alcohol affects you profoundly both physically and mentally, whether you think so or not. According to the web site recovery.org, “[A]lcoholism is a disease that affects our decision-making abilities….” You would probably do things and make decisions when you are under the influence of alcohol that you would never do otherwise. Even if you are not an alcoholic, drinking can fool you into believing you are invincible.
The statistics on drinking and driving in New Jersey for 2019 are concerning. They indicate that drinking and driving is a potentially disastrous combination for anybody behind the wheel.
A report from the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit states the following:
“There were a total of 289 drivers killed [in 2019 in New Jersey], of which 251 were tested for alcohol. Of those tested, 92 were positive and 159 were negative, indicating 36.7 % had consumed an alcoholic beverage. Of the 92 imbibing drivers, 68 or 73.9 % had an alcohol level of .08 % or higher.”
Preventing car accidents caused by drinking and driving
- Don’t get behind the wheel after you have been drinking. Get a friend who is sober to drive you home, call a ride share or stay where you are if it is safe to do so.
- If you know that a friend has been drinking and plans to drive home, offer to give the person a ride instead.
- Be proactive. Don’t take chances by driving after drinking.
Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol can wreak personal and professional havoc on your life. Remind yourself of the possible legal and other ramifications of your actions before you get behind the wheel if you are inebriated. It just might stop you in your tracks.