All drivers and passengers should be able to get from Point A to Point B without worrying about getting hurt. Sadly, some drivers make the roads more dangerous due to drunk driving.
Over 119,000 drunk driving fatalities in the United States occurred between 2003 and 2011. Most of them occurred in Texas (13,138 drunk driving fatalities). Many drivers know it’s wrong to drive after consuming alcohol, but they do it anyway. Here are four common reasons why some people engage in drunk driving.
1. They think it’s OK as long as they are under the legal limit
The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit in Texas is .08 (.04 for commercial drivers). That said, one can still be intoxicated if under the legal limit since some people’s bodies absorb alcohol faster than others. In other words, just one or two drinks can be too much for a driver to handle while behind the wheel, even if they’re “buzzed” driving.
2. They have a distorted sense of judgment
Because alcohol impairs one’s judgment, many drivers can’t think logically. Therefore, they make foolish decisions that put other people — including themselves — in danger.
3. They’re too embarrassed to admit their wrongdoing
Some drivers feel it’s too embarrassing to enlist a friend as a designated driver or call a rideshare service to drive them home. So, they attempt to save face by assuming it’s okay to drive drunk, though they’re causing more harm than good.
4. They’re going through a stressful time in their lives and see alcohol as a solution
Some people have problems stemming from their past or present, and they cope with their problems by drinking instead of getting proper assistance.
No one should get hurt on the road due to someone’s irresponsible choices. If you or someone you care about sustained injuries from a drunk driver, seek experienced legal guidance for help.