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An estimated 32 percent of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian.

When social plans involve alcohol, consider the following:

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All states have adopted .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the legal limit for drivers ages 21 and older. Alcohol increasingly impairs drivers as the blood alcohol level increases:

.02% BAC

  • Some loss of judgment and altered mood
  • Decline in visual function and ability to perform two tasks at once

.05% BAC

  • Exaggerated behavior and release of inhibition
  • Loss of small-muscle control, such as eye focus
  • Impaired judgment and lowered alertness
  • Reduced coordination and ability to track moving objects

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  • Muscle coordination (balance, speech, vision, reaction time, hearing) becomes poor
  • Judgment, self-control, reasoning and memory are impaired
  • Short-term memory loss and impaired perception
  • Reduced information processing capability

.10% BAC

  • Clear deterioration of reaction time and control
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  • Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake properly

.15% BAC

  • Much less muscle control than normal
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  • Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving and necessary visual and auditory information processing

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