DUII is a serious issue that affects the lives of millions: accidents, jail time, even death occur on a regular basis as the result of drunk driving.
There are thousands of cases each day that go completely unnoticed; in fact, of the 300,000 drunk driving incidents that occur daily, only 4,000 are caught. On average, most people who engage in drunk driving do so 80 times before being arrested.
But why do so many people drive drunk? And why do they do it so often? One of the biggest problems is that, despite countless campaigns to educate the public on drunk driving, many myths and misconceptions persist amongst drivers.
In this guide, we will bust some of the more common myths:
- MYTH: A Bite to Eat Will Sober You Up: Many people think that all they have to do to sober up is grab a bite to eat. While food does slow the absorption rate of alcohol, it does nothing about the alcohol already in your system. The only real way to sober up is with time, as the alcohol dissipates from your system.
- MYTH: It is a Good Idea to Sleep If Off In Your Car: This one is tricky, even for DUII attorneys. That is because there is technically a charge for attempted DUII, but it is not often employed. In order to protect yourself, you should be aware that if you are planning to sleep in your car, you should avoid any indication of your intent to drive.
- MYTH: You Can Avoid a DUII By Avoiding Liquor: While liquor is significantly more potent than beer or wine, you must keep in mind the volume of what is being served. One 12 oz beer, a normal glass of wine, and 1.25 ounces of liquor all have roughly the same amount of alcohol.
Driving is a privilege, and any who want to retain that privilege should do their best to stay informed about possible pitfalls and dangers. While driving drunk is surrounded by a number of misconceptions, hopefully, you will go forward with a little better understanding.
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