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Recognizing Drunk Drivers:

A driver may be intoxicated if he or she
exhibits any of the following behavior:

1. Fails to stay in lane or weaves
from one lane to next.

2. Drives without headlights at night.

3. Drives erratically -- stops, turns,
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 decelerating quickly.

9. Turning with wide radius.

10. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions.

11. Slow response to traffic signals.

12. Stopping without cause in traffic lane.

13. Turning abruptly or illegally.

14. Braking erratically.

15. Driving into oncoming traffic.

16. Stopping inappropriately other than in a traffic lane.

Alcohol is a major killer on our roads.
About one half of all traffic deaths are alcohol
related.



Effects of 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.


Visual problems

Alcohol can cause double or multiple vision and blurring.
It also reduces peripheral vision, making it difficult to
see vehicles approaching from the right.

Loss of concentration
Drinking may cause drowsiness.
When alertness decreases, the chances of having
an accident increase.

Slowed reaction time
Drinking slows reflexes and hinders coordination.
Drivers who can't react quickly are a hazard
to themselves and others.

Poor judgment
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.
Some 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 sober up.
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.



The Party:

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
always right.

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
piece.

Because of the way you raised me, so responsible and
sweet.

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
soon.

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
is mine.

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
it's fair.

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
my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom, not to drink and
drive.

If only they had told him, Mom, I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom. I'm becoming very
scared.

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"


Author Unknown



Don't drink 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.
If 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 passengers
who are harmed by drunk drivers.
The risk of collision for drunk drivers is several hundred
times higher than for a non-drinking driver.

Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is
totally preventable.
Unfortunately, over 20% of all traffic fatalities in the U.S.
each year are caused by drunk drivers.
Thus, drunk driving remains a serious national problem
that tragically affects thousands of victims
annually.