Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol is a serious crime. Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability. Safe driving requires the ability to concentrate, make good judgments, and quickly react to situations. However, alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in danger. Here are several ways alcohol impairs your driving skills:

Slow reaction time – When alcohol is in your system, it affects how quickly you’re able to respond to different situations. Drinking slows your response time, which can increase the likelihood of an accident.

Lack of coordination – Heavy drinking affects your motor skills such as eye, hand, and foot coordination. Without crucial coordination skills, you may be unable to avoid an impending harmful situation.

Reduce concentration – Alcohol, no matter how much or how little, can influence your concentration. With driving, there are many things that require your undivided concentration such as staying in your lane, your speed, other cars on the road, and traffic signals.

Decrease vision – Alcohol can affect how you judge the distance between your car and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, fewer objects may be visible within your peripheral vision, or what you can see to either side of you when looking straight ahead.

Inhibit judgment – Your brain controls how you judge certain circumstances. When operating a motorized vehicle, your judgment skills play an important role in how you make decisions while driving.

If you are on the Causeway Bridge and suspect another vehicle driving under the influence, please call Causeway Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP).