ROCHESTER, N.Y. – You’re at dinner and you have a glass of wine or a beer with your food. Maybe it was just a few glasses – or maybe it’s a little more of an indulgence. Either way, the decisions that follow can affect your life. It’s a common situation adults across America face every week when it’s time to go home.
Here’s the worst part: nearly 8,000 people are killed in alcohol-fueled crashes every year. Most of these crashes occur at obvious times: between 2 am and 3 am, just after closing time. However, researchers have found that DWI crashes spike around 7 pm as well. Why then?
A Rochester car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes explained.
“Accidents involving alcohol impairment typically spike in the hours following lunch and dinner times around Rochester,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “Many bars and restaurants have reduced prices on drinks for ‘happy hour’ and when those specials end, we could see an increase of impaired drivers on the roads.”
The effects of alcohol dramatically increase a person’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) rises. The legal limit is 0.08% and doctors say a person will experience impaired vision, hearing and reaction time.
At 0.14%, a person’s balance is affected and physical control is seriously impaired.
At 0.17%, alcohol can negatively change a person’s emotional and mental state; causing depression, anxiety and agitation.
At 0.22%, you may not be able to walk without assistance and there’s a good chance of blacking out.
Unfortunately, police officers frequently arrest drivers whose BAC tested well above 0.20%. Many others aren’t so fortunate – causing dangerous and sometimes deadly crashes.
“If you plan on drinking, plan ahead to make sure you and your family can get home safely,” Cellino said. “Drivers too often fail to do this and the end results are heartbreaking.”
Lawyers at Cellino & Barnes hope this data can help drivers recognize the signs of impairment and motivate them to make better decisions before getting behind the wheel.