There is some great statistical news out regarding DUI rates in the state of New York that we should all take a moment to celebrate. It turns out that our state is showing underage DUI rates that are falling considerably after many years of constant stress and worry that these rates were never going to fall. Lawmakers and other policy people have looked at many ways to bring down these rates for years, and it seems that changing laws and a changing society, in general, are starting to make a difference.
What To Know About A DUI
It is important for people to understand that if you are under the age of 21 you can be charged with a DUI even if your blood alcohol level is lower than 0.08%. The fact of the matter is, no amount of alcohol in your bloodstream is legal if you are under the age of 21, and you can be slapped with a DUI charge if you attempt to drive with any alcohol in your bloodstream.
People who are over the age of 21 need to worry about legal repercussions if they are driving and their blood alcohol level is above 0.08% (the legal limit in the Empire State). They might want to concern themselves with their blood alcohol rate even if it is not to this level yet depending on their driving abilities with alcohol in their system, but that is a different story. The point is, the state of New York is very diligent about trying to get people to not get on the roads if they are going to pose a risk to themselves and others as a result of their alcohol consumption.
Underage people, in particular, should think twice before attempting to purchase alcohol (which is also illegal) as it turns out that 41% of buyers never thought they would regret their purchase, but ended up doing so; 30% were neutral prior to buying but came to regret their decision. That is a significant chunk of people who felt some twinge of guilt about what they were about to do and yet went for it anyway. We can do better than that as a society, and we should be encouraging young people, in particular, to stay away from alcohol until they reach an age where they are legally able to purchase it for themselves.
Why Drunk Driving Is So Dangerous
Many people have the idea that drunk driving is dangerous drilled into their heads from an early age, and it is important that we continue to drive this message home. Drunk driving is incredibly dangerous, and there are a lot of people who do not walk away from a drunk driving accident alive. It turns out that about 10,000 Americans are killed each year by drunk drivers, and around 1,000 of those people are children. When you realize that there are only 2.6 doctors per every 1,000 patients in the United States, you start to realize the scale of the problem that we have on our hands. There is a lot of danger to someone who gets into a drunk driving accident simply based on the scarcity of the number of doctors who can attend to them if this tragedy should come their way. It is troubling, and it is something that is all too real for many people.
You do not want to become just another statistic out there, and you don’t have to. Instead of worrying about getting DUI insurance, there are proactive measures that you can take to avoid getting behind the wheel drunk, and you should encourage all of your loved ones to do the same. There is nothing worse than losing someone to a completely preventable tragedy like this. Alcohol consumption and alcoholism are very serious matters. They are not always treated as such in the media, but we can change that in our personal lives. Take it seriously for yourself, and always push other people in the same direction as well.