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Monday, June 27, 2011

Study about Drinking and Driving

I just read a news release from the University of California, San Diego about a study on drinking and driving. Here are the highlights about the study:
A study led by David Phillips and published in the journal Addiction finds that blood-alcohol levels well below the U.S. legal limit are associated with incapacitating injury and death. “Accidents are 36.6 percent more severe even when alcohol was barely detectable in a driver’s blood...Compared with sober drivers, buzzed drivers are more likely to speed, more likely to be improperly seat-belted and more likely to drive the striking vehicle, all of which are associated with greater severity.”
“We hope that our study might influence not only U.S. legislators, but also foreign legislators, in providing empirical evidence for lowering the legal BAC even more,” Phillips said. “Doing so is very likely to reduce incapacitating injuries and to save lives.”
If you want more information on impaired driving, check out this link:
Impaired Driving (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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