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June Tips of the Month: You Drink & Drive - You Lose

National Awareness Campaign

Drinking and don't mix. An alcohol-related motor vehicle crash kills someone every 30 minutes and causes non-fatal injuries to someone every two minutes. Impaired driving will affect one in three Americans in their lifetime.

Lee County had 426  trauma alerts due to motor vehicle crashes from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.  Of these patients, 134 (33%) had alcohol on board. This data is from trauma alerts only and does not include routine motor vehicle crashes.

The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08 for Florida. Impairment can result from any BAC above .00 and increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.

After just one drink, a driver can begin to lose the ability to perform the tasks necessary to drive a car: braking, steering, changing lanes, and using judgment to adjust to changing road conditions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, studies show that the relative risk of being killed in a single vehicle crash for drivers with a BAC level between .05 and .09 is 11 times that of drivers with .00 BAC level. Alcohol blocks the messages going to your brain and alters your perceptions, emotions, vision, hearing and coordination.


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