Drinking And Driving, A Simulated Account Of What It's Like

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

North Carolina is the 8th highest rated state for alcohol related crashes.

It can be hard to know when enough is enough and with the warmer weather comes more picnics, games and social events with alcohol.

Every 31 minutes an alcohol related crash kills someone, and the Centers for Disease Control adds every 2 minutes, someone suffers a nonfatal injury because of it. It's one reason police nationwide have cracked down on drunk driving over the past decade. Despite those statistics, police hear all kinds of stories from motorists who are drinking and driving and get pulled over.

There are countless stories of grieving families who've lost someone in an alcohol related accident, and thousands of stories from the people who've caused them about the guilt. The story of how they got there varies of course but what all people who've been convicted of a DWI share is the fact they consumed more alcohol than the legal limit allows.

So how does a situation go from casual drinking to landing a person in jail?

Coleman said, "That's the DWI joke, everyone's only had two beers and been convicted, well that's untrue if they're BAC which is .08 in a hour limit, they've had a lot more than 2 beers, depending on the body weight they've at least had 5 or 6 before they reach that level on the average persons size."

Coleman's advice, designate a driver who won't drink or take a cab, it's information you've likely heard before that will save your license and lives.

Sgt. Coleman also says a big problem he and other Troopers have seen in the past few years is people taking prescription drugs and drinking and driving. He says, the combination can impair someone as if they had been drinking more than the legal limit and that person can be convicted with a D.W.I.

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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 16, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    If 50% of all highway fatalities involve a drunk driver, doesn't that mean your just as likely to get killed by a sober driver? 50% 50%=100% Correct?
  • by dave Location: carteret co. nc on May 15, 2008 at 11:25 PM
    its sad how the drunk driving laws have gotten so out of hand. they are way to harsh on first timers, and the so called road blocks are just to get the state some more money and ruin more lives. this has gotten way to political and has nothing to do with safety. The stats they use are also wrong, checkout duigulag.com for some good info. Madd started out with good in mind but now have lost there way. how much money has the state wasted on a motor home to process dui people its embarassing to see that stupid thing at road blocks. its like the nazis checking your papers to get to the other end of the county. leave people alone unless you have a reason to pull someone over. sorry it just makes me mad not at the copps but the laws we have let take ofer our freedoms. thanks.....

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