Memorial Day Weekend is known to have heavy traffic on the road, let alone known to be an enjoyable weekend with family and friends. And with that comes an increase in drunk driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 397 people died during the three-day weekend in 2010. Forty percent of those car accidents were alcohol-related. NHTSA also noted that every 51 minutes in 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired car crashes. They noted that alcohol-impaired driving occurs mostly on weekends and at night.
Alcohol affects a person’s ability to properly and safely operate a vehicle. Alcohol interferes with one’s coordination and judgment, and can even affect one’s ability to drive the next day since it can affect the brain for hours on end especially when consumed in excess.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommend that if people decide to drink, they should not consume more than one drink per hour and to have a designated driver take them home.
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