Independence Day is approaching, and this means camping, block parties and backyard barbecues. Alcohol is often served at these events and most people in Akron drink responsibly. However, there will always be those who consume too much alcohol and a Fourth of July celebration and then make the risky decision to drive home leading to a drunk driving crash.
The statistics on Independence Day drunk driving crashes
The statistics on drunk driving are alarming. According to one government resource, in 2019 over 500 individuals lost their lives in car crashes over the Fourth of July holiday period; 38% of these deaths were caused by drunk driving. For this reason, many states and localities across the nation have a heightened police presence over the July 4th holiday to try to prevent drunk driving accidents.
Do you need to be above the legal limit to be under the influence?
Most people in Ohio already know that if you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or above your driving abilities will be impaired. What they may not know is that even having a BAC below the legal limit can still impair their driving abilities. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if your BAC is 0.05% you are technically below the legal limit. However, you still could experience a reduction in your coordination and ability to follow moving objects. Steering the vehicle may become more difficult and you may not be able to respond quickly to emergency driving situations. Any of these effects could easily lead to a car crash.
Learn more about motor vehicle accidents in Ohio
Being involved in a drunk driving crash over the Fourth of July holiday can turn summer fun into summer disaster. If this is the case, it is important that you understand your rights and options. Our firm’s webpage on motor vehicle accidents may be a useful resource to those in Akron who want to learn more about this topic.