The Issue of Drunk Driving in Colorado

Drunk driving is a major problem in the United States. Every year more than 10,000 people die in automobile crashes related to alcohol abuse. For this reason, families must make a greater effort to make their loved ones understand the risks related to drinking and driving and how can it affect their lives and the lives of the people around them.

Understanding Drunk Driving

Generally speaking, drinking alcohol is not bad, as long as you know how to manage your intake. It is when you drink too much too quickly for your body to process it that it becomes a problem for you and others. If you drive after excessive drinking, you endanger  your life and the lives of the people who share the road with you.

Drinking and driving are a deadly mix

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers you incapable of operating a motor vehicle when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or higher. After this level is reached, your ability to think and react drops, increasing your chances of being in an accident. By publicizing this and by sponsoring public awareness campaigns, state safety programs, and research, the NHTSA has consistently reduced the number of alcohol-related crash fatalities.

Drunk Driving Dangers

Driving after consuming large amounts of alcohol affects your ability to respond to whatever circumstances you might meet along the way by impairing your:If you are driving drunk, your ability to respond to and avoid an accident is affected. Your reaction time is slower so that when you see a pedestrian or another car in your path you may not hit the brakes in time.

Driving while drunk reduces your concentration and coordination, which may make you lose control of your vehicle. 

Drunk Driving Statistics

  • In 2016, 28 percent of traffic deaths involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • In 2017, 30 people in the United States died in drunk-driving crashes every day.
  • About one-third of the drivers found guilty of drinking and driving have already been caught for the same offense in the past.
  • In 2010, drunk-driving deaths and damages on the road cost taxpayers $1 billion.
  • The rate of drunk driving is highest (almost 21 percent) among ages 26 to 29.

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Consequences of Driving While Drunk

If you are involved in a crash that injures or kills another person while driving drunk, the consequences can be life-changing. Aside from the physical and emotional repercussions of harming or killing another person, you will face legal consequences such as:

Driving is a privilege, not a right. If you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and the authorities find you guilty of abusing that privilege, your license could be suspended or revoked.Every state has its own law on whether and for how long to lock someone up for driving under the influence (DUI). For a first offense, you could serve up to a year behind bars.

When you are caught drunk driving, you also face stiff fines and penalties, from $100 to $5,000 for a first offense, depending on the state.The penalties may go higher if you were in an accident, caused property damage, or had a minor passenger at the time.

Drunk Driving and Addiction Treatment

Drunk driving can be a symptom of alcohol addiction, especially if you or your loved one continue to drink after receiving a DUI or have been placed in jail due to alcohol-related matters.

If that’s the case, seek help now. Early treatment is critical towards full recovery from alcohol use disorder. There are many treatments available to help you or your loved one get over an addiction.

Intoxication affects behavior, and behavior can trigger use of intoxicants, so both must be addressed. Counseling with cognitive behavioral therapy teaches individuals to change their behaviors, drinking and otherwise.

Sometimes recovery from alcohol use disorder is easier or safer with medications as well as therapy. Though they’re seldom used, drugs that reduce withdrawal pains, prevent intoxication, or make you sick if you drink are available. Used in conjunction with therapy, these medications can reduce the chance of relapse.

Individual therapy alone may not be enough to keep someone from returning to their former alcohol abuse. Support groups, mutual support groups, or peer fellowships help by showing individuals that there are others with the same problem or who have recovered from them. Alcoholics Anonymous, for example,meets to share stories of travails and triumphs, with mentors or sponsors to help those newly in recovery.

If you are ready to take back your life from alcohol, call us now to learn your treatment options.

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