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Drinking and driving causes crashes and takes lives

Drunkenly driving your vehicle puts your life, the lives of your passengers and the lives of others on the roadways at risk. Even if you feel normal when you get behind the wheel, your blood alcohol concentration could risk and cause you to drive poorly. It's very important to take the time to test your BAC before you drive or to chose an alternative way home if you plan to drink.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated that over 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for drinking and driving or for driving under the influence of drugs. One fortunate effect of realizing the number of drunk drivers on the roads is that more efforts have been taken to reduce them. Teen drinking and driving is still a concern, but it has steadily declined since 2010.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenaged children. Around a third of those accidents had alcohol as a factor. Some teens admitted to driving drunk more than once a month.

Statistics like these are scary and show why it's vital that you take the time to sober up before you drive. If you do get behind the wheel, there is a chance you could cause a serious collision and injure or kill another person or yourself.

No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. If you're accused of drinking and driving, it's wise to look into defense options. A single mistake shouldn't hinder your future; you can learn from a DUI and continue on in life as a better, safer driver.

Source: BAC Track, "DUI Statistics," accessed June 30, 2017

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