Opinion: Drinking & Driving

Living in a Driverless World

Could the driverless car help reduce drunk driving accidents? According to a panel of experts hosted by The Optimist, reducing accidents caused by drunk driving is one of the positive possibilities that driverless cars could bring to the world. Hear from the panel about their predictions for a not-so- distant future.

“Within five years you can take your hands off the steering wheel and do your email. It may take ten years before you can sleep in your car while driving,”
Independent consultant and former program manager for Vehicle-Highway automation at the U.S. Federal Highway Administration

“As far as road safety is concerned, technology may be the thing we will all look to for salvation, as opposed to behavior change, which is expensive, complicated and ultimately not foolproof.”
CEO of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org)

“It’s just too good to be true that drunk people can step into an automated car. I don’t want to have computers to make decisions of life and death for me. There will be some sort of protocol for how to operate these vehicles, as they are machines.”
Director of public relations at BEMYDD

“We should be concerned about automated vehicles, but we should be terrified about today’s drivers in today’s vehicles. The injury and death toll is staggeringly high and is appallingly unacceptable.”
Assistant professor, School of Law, University of South Carolina

Listen to the full conversation at www.theoptimist.com/driverlesss.

Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits

The hazards of drinking and driving increase in parallel with blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Most countries have set BAC limits for drivers between .05 and .08 percent, and some have different limits for different categories of drivers. Hardcore drunk drivers - repeat offenders and those with BACs above .15 - pose the greatest threat.

Boating Under the Influence

On the road or on the water, you’re headed nowhere fast while impaired. Alcohol use is the leading known contributor in recreational boater fatalities as well as a primary factor in accidents and injuries on the water. Operation Dry Water is dedicated to raising awareness and educating recreational boaters about the dangers of operating a boat under the influence. Since the launch of Operation Dry Water, there has been a 27% decrease in recreational boater deaths where alcohol use was the primary contributing factor.

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