Not long ago this blog published a post regarding the effects of alcohol on a driver's body and the amount of alcohol that it takes for them to be intoxicated. While everyone responds to alcohol differently, alcohol generally dulls a driver's senses, impacts their coordination, and reduces their reactivity, thus rendering them unprepared to respond to road changes.
Earlier this year, Florida repealed its ban on smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes. This may mean that more people will be using smokable marijuana than before the repeal. While this might not seem like such a big deal to some, when it comes to operating an automobile, a drugged driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver.
Most people in Florida understand that drunk driving is dangerous. If they cause a drunk driving accident, they could end up injuring innocent people.
Some people will find any reason to have an alcoholic beverage. They may be going to happy hour after work, they may be celebrating a holiday or special occasion, or they may be taking a trip to the beach or going camping. While these events can be fun, if a person consumes alcohol and then tries to drive home, it can lead to a drunk driving accident that could injure others on the road.
With Saint Patrick's Day just passed and the summer holidays on the horizon, it may be helpful to remind Tampa residents that drinking or doing drugs and then driving can turn an evening of fun in to a preventable tragedy.
A previous post on this blog talked about an emerging movement to lower the legal blood alcohol content limit from .08 to .05. As that post discussed, there is considerable scientific evidence that even a driver operating at .05 BAC is potentially dangerous.
A previous post on this blog talked about how many people, including the lawmakers in one state, are realizing just how much of a line in the sand the common .08 blood alcohol content limit, or BAC, really is. Nevertheless, Florida uses .08 as its legal limit with respect to criminal DUI charges.
With New Year's Eve on the horizon, it is an opportune time to remind Tampa residents and other Floridians that driving below .08 blood alcohol content may help a person avoid a criminal charge, but it does not make a person a safe and sober driver.
Two motorists in two separate vehicles had to be taken to hospitals in the Tampa area after a very serious recent accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA has launched a nationwide ad campaign against drugged driving that is scheduled to run through Labor Day.