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A driver may be intoxicated if
he or she
exhibits any of the
1. Fails to stay in lane or
from one lane to next.
2. Drives without headlights at night.
3. Drives erratically --
swerves suddenly or reacts slowly.
4. Narrowly avoids hitting
objects or other vehicles.
5. Keeps windows open in cold
or inclement weather.
6. Signaling that is
inconsistent with driving actions.
7. Driving slower than 10 mph
below the speed limit.
8. Accelerating or
9. Turning with wide radius.
10. Signaling that is
inconsistent with driving actions.
11. Slow response to traffic
12. Stopping without cause in
13. Turning abruptly or
14. Braking erratically.
15. Driving into oncoming
16. Stopping inappropriately
other than in a traffic lane.
a major killer on our roads.
About one half of all traffic deaths are alcohol
In Wisconsin, the BAC legal
limit is 0.08 percent,
which is also the level at which all drivers, even
experienced drivers, are impaired with
respect to critical driving skills.
Alcohol can cause
double or multiple vision and blurring.
reduces peripheral vision, making it difficult to
see vehicles approaching from the right.
Loss of concentration
alertness decreases, the chances of having
an accident increase.
Slowed reaction time
reflexes and hinders coordination.
can't react quickly are a hazard
to themselves and others.
Alcohol acts like
an anesthetic, dulling areas of the
brain that enable people to make sensible decisions.
Risks of Alcohol
People fail to
recognize alcohol's handicapping effects.
drinkers mistakenly think that alcohol improves
their driving ability.
People foolishly believe
that coffee, a cold shower,
exercise or fresh air can sober them up.
Time is the only way to
Some people lack experience as drivers.
The result may be
unpredictable driving behavior when
they are drunk, possibly leading to tragedy.
People don't realize that
beer and wine are just
as potent as hard liquor.
12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine
and 1.5 oz. of 80 proof
liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol.
I went to
a party, Mom, I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom, so I drank soda instead
I really felt proud inside, Mom, the way you said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom, even though the others
said I should.
I know I did the right thing, Mom, I know you are
Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
as everyone is driving out of sight.
As I got into my car, Mom, I knew I'd get home in one
Because of the way you raised me, so responsible and
I started to drive away, Mom, but as I pulled out into
the road, the other car didn't see me, Mom,
and hit me like a load.
As I lay there on the pavement, Mom, I hear the officer
say the other guy is drunk, Mom, and now I'm the
one who will pay.
I'm lying here dying, Mom... I wish you'd get here
How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.
There is blood all around me, Mom, and most of it
I hear the medic say, Mom, I'll die in a short time.
I just wanted to tell you, Mom, I swear I didn't drink.
It was the others, Mom. The others didn't think.
He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is, he drank and I will die.
Why do people drink, Mom? It can ruin your whole life.
I'm feeling sharp pains now. Pains just like a knife.
The guy who hit me is walking, Mom, and I don't think
I'm lying here dying and all he can do is stare.
Tell my brother not to cry, Mom. Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom, put "Daddy's Baby" on
Someone should have told him, Mom, not to drink and
If only they had told him, Mom, I would still be alive.
My breath is getting shorter, Mom. I'm becoming very
Please don't cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you, you were always there.
I have one last question, Mom, before I say good bye,
"I didn't drink and drive, so why am I the one to die?"
This is the end Mom, I wish I could look you in
the eye, to say these final words,
"I Love you and...Goodbye"
and drive and don't ride with anyone
who has too much to drink.
If they are a
close friend, try and use a soft, calm
approach at first.
Suggest to them that they’ve had too much to drink
and it would be better if someone else drove
or if they took a cab.
Be calm. Joke about it.
Make light of it.
Try to make it sound like you are doing them a favor.
they are a best friend, spouse, or significant other,
tell them that if they insist on driving, you are
not going with them.
Suggest that you will call someone else for a ride,
take a cab, or walk.
Remember, it is usually themselves and their
who are harmed by drunk drivers.
The risk of collision for drunk drivers is several
times higher than for a non-drinking driver.
Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is
Unfortunately, over 20% of all traffic fatalities in the
each year are caused by drunk drivers.
Thus, drunk driving remains a serious national problem
that tragically affects thousands of victims