What are the effects of alcohol on drivers?

On Behalf of | May 25, 2017 | car accidents

You likely are very aware that alcohol impairs drivers on Illinois roadways. In fact, this is a huge problem with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that almost 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2014. Nobody is safe when you choose to get behind the wheel drunk. The CDC notes that a little over 200 of those people who died in 2014 alcohol-related crashes were children. The only way to bring those numbers down to zero is to educate people on the effects of alcohol on driving.

Every year hundreds of adults admit to driving while drunk. In many cases, people simply do not feel as if they are impaired and think they are okay to drive. You may even have felt this way at some point. The effects of alcohol can bring about such erroneous decision making. Cloudy thinking is a symptom of having too much to drink. Not having clear thoughts is a danger behind the wheel.

Driving requires great skill to sync your body. You have to see clearly and correctly interpret what is happening on the road around you. Your brain has to be able to send clear and concise messages to your hands and feet so they respond properly to what your eyes are seeing. When you are under the influence, the alcohol impedes your body from being able to send and receive signals at the appropriate pace. This means you may step on the brake too late to stop hitting the tree in front of you or you may not be able to correct your position on the road and swerve back over the center line before you strike that oncoming car. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.