New Jersey residents may be interested to know the effect that an individual's blood alcohol concentration has on their physical and mental faculties and what that means when they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The slightest amount of alcohol consumed will have some type of effect on the individual. For example, a BAC of .02 percent leaves the individual feeling relaxed and causes their driving to become risky since their attention becomes easily diverted.
Far too many New Jersey residents understand the impact of drunk drivers. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one American dies every 51 minutes because a drunk driver causes an accident.
An Oct. 19 accident in Woodbridge involving an alleged drunk driver claimed the life of a 25-year-old man, according to the New Jersey State Police. Reportedly, the event occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike at about 4:09 a.m., when a southbound 2002 Volkswagen Jetta rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was traveling in the truck lanes near mile marker 93.5.
In an effort to create public awareness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published statistics about motor vehicle accident injuries in this country and the medical costs involved. The effect on the health care system and society as a whole is evident. National data shows more than 7,000 people each day or about 2.5 million per year are admitted to emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in a car accident. Almost 200,000 of those individuals were also hospitalized. The CDC would like to see more action aimed at reducing those numbers.
Drunk drivers can be a serious danger to themselves and anyone they come into contact with on the roads. Impaired judgment and reaction times greatly increase the chances of an accident occurring and the consequences of this can be massive. In a recent suspected drunk driving accident in New Jersey, a 32-year-old woman lost her life in a head-on collision.