Although the idea of a designated driving program is quite convincing, the program has failed to live up to the expectations.
Despite strict drunk driving laws in Illinois, approximately 320 people lost their lives in 2013 as a result of road accidents caused by driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Illinois DUI Fact Book published in 2015 by the Secretary of States. Drunk driving accounts for a significant percentage of fatal accidents in Illinois every year.
How Effective are Designated Driver Programs?
Social awareness organizations have made an attempt to prevent or at least reduce the prevalence of impaired driving through designated driver programs. However, over the years, many questions have been raised about the effectiveness of these programs. A designated driver is a person who chooses not to consume alcohol for the evening so that he/she can drive his companions home safely. This means that a designated driver program allows a person to reach home safely after drinking alcohol, without having to drive his car. Although the idea of a designated driving program is quite convincing, the program has failed to live up to the expectations, according to a recent report on alcohol and drugs published in the Journal of Studies.
Researches at the University of Florida conducted a study to try and reveal the real picture. The researchers interviewed many designated drivers among the people leaving bars, and requested that they take a breath alcohol test to measure their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Interestingly, approximately 50% of the 165 respondents were found to be over the legal limit. Of the designated drivers who were found to be under the influence of alcohol, less than 20% had a BAC of less than 0.02 percent, while another 20% had a BAC of more than 0.05 percent. This means that the designated drivers interviewed by the researchers at the University of Florida had much less amount of alcohol than a legally drunk person in Illinois would consume. However, this does not mean they were in a state to drive safely. In fact, driving after even a single drink could lead to an accident because even a small amount of alcohol may lower one’s ability to react quickly, according to the Illinois DUI Fact Book.
In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or above. A person with a BAC of 0.06 is two times more likely to get into an accident. In comparison, a driver with a BAC of 0.08 in 11 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.
Chicago Drunk Driving Lawyer
If you fall prey to an accident due to drunk driving by someone else, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Contact the Willens Law Offices today at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form. We want to help. We have the knowledge and experience you need on your side. We are your Chicago car accident lawyers.