Alcohol and drugs impair a person's driving skills. A person under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is unable to make the correct judgments and decisions required to safely drive their vehicle on the road. This in turn increases the risk of a crash.
You don’t have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. You might feel normal but no one drives well after drinking alcohol.
The effects of alcohol are wide ranging and impossible to avoid. After a big night out you may still have alcohol in your system for much of the next day. Alcohol is a depressant and:
Slows your brain so that you can’t respond to situations, make decisions or react quickly
Reduces your ability to judge how fast you are moving or your distance from other cars, people or objects
Gives you a false sense of confidence – you may take greater risks, thinking that your driving is better than it really is
Makes it harder to do more than one thing at a time – while you concentrate on steering, you could miss seeing traffic lights, cars entering from side streets or pedestrians
Affects your sense of balance – a big risk if you ride a motorcycle
Makes you drowsy – you could fall asleep at the wheel
Is drinking and driving more important than your legal status or life? Take a cab, protect yourself as well as others on the roadways, don’t become another drinking and driving statistic. Operating a motor vehicle while sober can be difficult in itself, adding alcohol or other intoxicants into the mix is putting your life and the lives of others on the roadways at risk. Make the right choice and put your keys down.
Read more at Center for Road Safety
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