Is Your Designated Driver Really the Safest Way Home?

by Carmen Dellutri on July 26, 2013

California DUI Beer at StadiumIn an effort to curb drunk driving accidents, law enforcement and other safety advocates encourage the use of designated drivers. However, a new study suggests that these drivers may not be as sober as we might expect.

Researchers with the University of Florida, Gainesville, found that one in three designated drivers had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Even more alarming, nearly 50 percent had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05 percent, which is enough to impair driving ability.

To arrive at their results, the researchers surveyed over 1,000 bar patrons as they were leaving Gainesville bars. The team asked individuals if they were a designated driver and to volunteer for a Breathalyzer test.

Of the 165 self-identified designated drivers, 35 percent had at least one drink. Approximately 50 percent had a BAC between .02 and .05 percent, which can impair some aspects of driving awareness, while the remainder tested above .05.

The study further notes that any level of impairment may be dangerous because the designated driver likely has drunk passengers in the vehicle. "They may be loud, or start roughhousing. They're a distraction," said lead author Dr. Adam Berry, assistant professor of health education and behavior at the University of Florida, Gainesville. "Couple all of that with the fact that most people drink at night, when any driver's vision is diminished, and you have a potential recipe for disaster."

Source: Medical Daily

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