According to the National Safety Council, more than one in eight drivers admit to driving in the past year when they thought they were close to or over the legal limit.
Impaired driving interferes with a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Alcohol changes functions of the brain and body, including impairing your thinking, reasoning and reducing your muscle coordination. All are necessary to operate your vehicle in a safe manner.
The following chart from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows blood alcohol concentrations and effects on the body:
— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council