Category: Driving

DUI Trends in the U.S. (Drinking Under the Influence of Alcohol)

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What are the DUI trends in the US? (DUI is driving under the influence of alcohol. Often defined as DWI or similar initials.) Fortunately, it has dropped greatly since 1980. However, it remains a major problem. That’s because even a single DUI death is a needless tragedy. I. The Study Researchers wanted to measure DUI …

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Dry County Alcohol-Related Traffic Crashes are Always Higher

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A recovering alcoholic explains why dry county alcohol-related crash rates are higher than in wet counties.   Dear Dr. Hanson: Just a note. Thank you for writing the article noting the effect of dry counties on alcohol-related traffic accidents. (Dry Counties Have Higher DWI Fatality Rates.) As a long-term recovered alcoholic living in an Arkansas …

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Intoxication and Distraction are Dangerous for Driving

Both intoxication and distraction are dangerous for driving driving. Either can cause fatal traffic accidents. Combining the two additionally increases the risk of crashes, according to research. Study participants used a driving simulator. Their primary goal was to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of them. Their secondary goal was to keep a …

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Drunk Driving is Unacceptable Socially and Legally Today as Never Before

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Drunken driving was common and accepted behavior until the early 1980s. Then Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) raised our consciousness. As did Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD),* Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) and other groups. Fortunately, drunk driving is unacceptable today. Decades Ago Decades ago, Dean Martin and many others took pride how much they drank. …

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Alcohol as a Cause of Traffic Crashes (This is a Very Important Question)

Alcohol-related traffic crashes are not necessarily caused by alcohol. Many are, but no one knows the exact proportion. So what’s the role of alcohol as a cause of traffic crashes? First, there’s very strong evidence of two important things. Alcohol adversely affects driving-related skills. That’s such things as vision, reaction time, judgment, and the ability …

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What is Impairment? Drivers Need to Know for Safe Driving

It’s never safe to drive a vehicle or operate machinery when ability is impaired. But what is impairment? Whatever it is, people are opposed to it. Surveys find that the majority of people in the U. S. consider impaired driving to be one of the nation’s most important issues. They consider it more important than …

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Drunken Driving — Predictable, but Inevitable? (National Traffic Safety Leader)

The former head of the U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) argues that the real solution to drunk driving begins with personal responsibility. So he raises the question, drunken driving, predictable, but inevitable? Drunken Driving — Predictable, but Inevitable? by Jeffrey W. Runge, M.D. Driving anywhere, anytime, under the influence of alcohol or …

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Alcohol-Related and Alcohol-Caused (They’re Not the Same)

People generally confuse alcohol-related and alcohol-caused. In short, all alcohol-caused crashes are alcohol-related. On the other hand, many alcohol-related crashes are not alcohol-caused. Most vehicle crashes do not involve alcohol. Thus, they happen without alcohol. Of crashes that are alcohol-related, many would have occurred without alcohol, And, of course, some accidents would not have occurred …

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