Although the penalties for DWI in New York are harsh, you are lucky
if getting arrested is the only thing that happens as a result of
driving drunk. Drinking and driving is illegal for one important
reason: it’s dangerous and it can kill. Among other things, drinking
affects your coordination, reflexes, ability to sense danger, and
vision. Since you need all of these faculties to drive safely, it’s
easy to see why drinking and driving is dangerous. The drunker you are,
the worse you will drive. It’s as simple as that. In fact, according to
the New York DMV, if you have a BAC of .08 you are 4 times more likely
to cause a crash than someone who has not had a drink. If your BAC is
.16, the danger is multiplied dramatically: you are 25 times as likely
to wreck your car if you drive as a sober person would be.
Anytime you consume an alcoholic beverage, you start to become
impaired. Your level of drunkenness depends not only on how many drinks
you consume, but also on factors such your body weight, metabolism, and
whether or not you’ve eaten. No matter what, though, one thing is
certain: once you start drinking, the only thing that can make you
sober again is time.
Your vehicle is more than just a convenient chariot that carries you
from place to place-it’s also a potentially lethal weapon, and you have
no business trying to steer it unless you are fully functional.
According to “You and the Drinking Laws,” a brochure published by the
New York DMV, 1/3 of the automobile fatalities in New York involve
alcohol. That’s a lot of people that have needlessly torn from their
loved ones because someone else didn’t want to pay for a taxicab.