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Roadside chat - Drinking & driving is like ranch & chocolate


1-14 ranch and chocolateThere are some things that just leave a bad taste in your mouth. You would probably think twice before eating an orange right after you’ve brushed your teeth and who in their right mind would mix ranch dressing and chocolate? But how much thought do you give to getting behind the wheel if you’ve had a drink or two?

In Iowa, as in many U.S. states, the legal intoxication limit is .08 blood alcohol content or BAC for non-commercial drivers over the age of 21. While that limit is a good guideline, any amount of alcohol impacts the way the brain works, making it harder to think clearly and impairs your coordination and reaction time. There is no safe combination of drinking and driving.

If you are asking yourself if you’re OK to drive, you’re not.

For 2021, there were a total of 354 fatalities reported. So far in 2022, there have been eight deaths in traffic crashes. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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