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Message Monday - Feeling tipsy makes driving risky

10/21/2019

10-21 tipsy is riskyIt’s been a long Monday and you feel like stopping to have a drink or two with friends. Do you have a plan to get home?

That may be a question you don’t even consider because you’re don’t feel drunk, just a little buzzed. Buzzed driving can be defined as driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 to .07, and although you’re technically under the legal limit for driving, driving while buzzed can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.

Maybe you haven’t been drinking alcohol, but you’re on a prescription medication that has a warning label on it. In a 2017 study, nearly 20 percent of people reported recent use of prescription medication with the potential for impairment, but not all said they were aware that the medication could affect their driving, despite the potential for receiving warnings from their doctor, their pharmacist, or the medication label itself.

Even some over-the-counter medications to treat things like colds and flu can cause drowsiness that could impact your ability to drive. Many of these medications also have warning labels, but many people think because they are sold over-the-counter, they don’t cause impairment. This is simply not true.

Can you tell if you’re impaired? A good test is to remember the phrase “if you feel different, you drive different.” It’s really that simple.

Driving impaired isn’t a laughing matter, but Steve Martin can make anything funny - https://youtu.be/XRbZtCTzMg8?t=50

For 2019, there have been 263 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of eight since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 319. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Bureau of Driver & Identification Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.


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