A night out can quickly turn sober drivers into impaired drivers. When too much alcohol has been consumed, drivers often ask someone in their group who doesn’t appear to be as impaired to be the designated driver. At that point, the designated driver has also consumed alcohol and could be impaired. For this reason and based on the results of a new study, Georgia drivers may not want to select a designated driver over a cab service.

According to a new study from the University of Florida, nearly 40 percent of people who were selected to be designated drivers had consumed alcohol, and the majority had enough alcohol to impair their driving. The study tested people leaving bars between 10:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on six different Friday nights. What’s scary is that many of these designated drivers had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .05 percent, which indicates impaired driving.

According to the study’s author, it seems that drinkers appeared to be choosing their designated drivers based on who was the least drunk. It used to be that designated drivers were sober drivers, and used in a way to reduce alcohol-related car accidents in Georgia and nationwide; however, now, it seems as if the term “designated driver” is someone who may be buzzed—someone who is not above the legal limit of .08 BAC.

The problem with this new way of thinking is that it can be very difficult for a designated driver to know when he or she is at that legal limit and whether he or she will take the wheel at a level of .02 BAC, .05 BAC, or higher. This new study should remind everyone that a designated driver should be a sober driver who abstains from drinking entirely. Sadly, many people get injured and die every year due to drunk driving.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Georgia car accident caused by a driver who has been drinking, you should speak with an experienced Peachtree City DUI victim attorney. Please contact Shane Smith Law to learn about your rights and what compensation may be available to you at 770.487.8999 for a free initial case consultation today.

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