Drunk Driving: Survey Reveals Admitted Habits of Drivers
Alcohol affects the brain in a way that can slow a driver's reaction time, impact their ability to use good judgment, and cause them to lose focus on the road. Indeed, drunk driving is not only illegal, it's extremely dangerous. Nevertheless, drunk drivers continue to put the lives of others at risk every day in Florida. While police are often out in full force keeping our roadways safe, they can't catch every person who decides to drive under the influence of alcohol.
There is a common belief that it's OK to drive if you only have a few drinks. But according to the NHTSA, impairment can start at a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of just 0.02 percent. This is known as "buzzed driving" and doesn't reach the legal BAC threshold of 0.08 percent but can still increase the risk of a crash.
Some people think that they can get away with driving drunk as long as they only do it one time. Others may have driven drunk before and don't think it's a big deal because they never got into an accident. The truth is, no drunk driver expects to cause a crash when they get behind the wheel.
Recent survey reveals attitudes towards drunk driving and habits of drivers
The Zebra is an online insurance marketplace website that compares quotes. Recently, The Zebra conducted research into the prevalence of drunk driving, the beliefs held by most drivers, and the factors that lead to drunk driving.
The survey found that most American drivers are well aware of the dangers of drunk driving, yet many of them have done or continue to do it anyway.
Who is most likely to drive drunk?
- More than 35 percent of the survey respondents believed that millennials (people ages 25-39) are the most likely to drive drunk.
- Roughly 31 percent of respondents believed that Gen Z (ages 16-24) were the most likely to drive drunk.
- 19 percent believed that Gen X (ages 40-54) were the most likely to drive drunk.
- More than 14 percent believed that Baby Boomers (ages 55-75) were the most likely to drive drunk.
Admitted habits and behaviors of survey participants
- More than a quarter of survey respondents admitted that they didn't feel fit to drive after having 3-4 drinks.
- More than 6 percent said it took more than five drinks to make them feel unfit to drive.
- Around 40 percent said that they call a friend or significant other to pick them up if they've had too much to drink.
- Roughly a quarter of respondents said that they call a rideshare to get home, while 10 percent said that they just walk.
- While most people are aware of their limits of alcohol intake, only a third of respondents said they won't drive after drinking.
- Nearly 19 percent of respondents admitted to driving while buzzed, two percent while high, and more than 5 percent while buzzed and high.
Drunk driving fatalities are common in Florida
The Zebra pulled CDC drunk driving fatality data from 2003-2011 and identified 16 states with the most drunk driving fatalities. During that eight-year period, Florida consistently ranked the third most dangerous state — just behind California and Texas.
While the data may be old, not much as changed since then. If anything, the problem has grown worse. According to the NHTSA, more than a quarter of Florida traffic fatalities in 2018 involved a drunk driver. In 2011, there were 694 drunk driving fatalities in the Sunshine State. The yearly death toll has since fluctuated and peaked at 901 deaths in 2016. Aside from distracted driving and speeding, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of serious and fatal crashes.
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