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No Legal Blood Alcohol Limit Makes it Safe To Drive

A new study finds that no legal blood alcohol limit makes it safe to drive a car. Blood alcohol levels well below the legal limit are connected with devastating injury and death every day in this country. “Accidents are 36.6 percent more severe even when alcohol was barely detectable in a driver’s blood,” said David Phillips, the lead author of the study and a sociologist at the University of California – San Diego. “Compared with sober drivers, buzzed drivers are more likely to speed, more likely to be improperly seat-belted and more likely to drive the striking vehicle, all of which are associated with greater severity.” The study noted that accident severity is significantly higher on weekends and between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. It was also noted that accidents happen more frequently in the summer months, June through August.

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