DUI Misinformation: Survey Reveals Gaps in Knowledge

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is illegal – everybody knows that, right? Wrong. A new survey reveals several shocking misunderstandings of existing laws and regulations. 11 percent of surveyed Virginians admit they didn’t know it was illegal to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. 15 percent of those surveyed admitted to getting behind the wheel after drinking, while one in five people say they are unaware of what the legal limit is to drive in their state.

Drinking and Driving Confusion

Many people don’t realize they’re breaking the law until they find themselves handcuffed in the back of a police car. Ignorance of the law does not give a person an excuse to flout the local regulations. In Virginia, the legal limit is .08 percent blood alcohol content. In general, a person’s BAC will go up about .02 percent for each drink they consume. But this isn’t a hard and fast rule, as people’s body weight and height can impact the way they metabolize booze. If you’re drinking alcohol, it’s best not to drive at all.

The Impact of Drunk Drivers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one American dies in a drunk driving-related car accident every 50 minutes. While drunk driving has been on the decline over the last few decades, this statistic reveals what a problem it still is in our country. Drunk driving is still the leading cause of death on our roads and highways, with accidents claiming more than 10,000 lives annually. By educating ourselves and our loved ones, we can help keep the streets safer for everyone.

Virginia Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer

Car accidents and wrecks, especially those that result in the wrongful death of an innocent victim, are horrific events – and the event is made all the more awful when it turns out that the at-fault driver was driving drunk.

Our attorneys have been helping victims injured in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence for over three decades. We are sensitive to the needs of families in their time of suffering or great loss. We are also sensitive to the need to conduct a prompt investigation, which is necessary to prevail in the case against the person responsible.  If you’d like to speak with us about your situation contact us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.