The next time you are leaving for home from a party, and traveling in the car of a person, who is a designated driver for the evening, you might want to check to make sure that the driver is not inebriated himself. The research finds that many designated drivers fail to completely keep away from alcohol during the evening, defeating the purpose of having a designated driver in the first place.
Designated driving has been promoted as one of the safest and most effective ways of helping reduce the risk of DUI, and helping prevent alcohol-related car accidents. A designated driver agrees to stay off the alcohol through the evening, and to drive everybody home safely.
However, San Jose DUI lawyers have been a little skeptical about how many designated drivers actually keep away from the alcohol, when all of their friends and everybody around them seems to be imbibing spirits.
Recently, researchers administered alcohol tests to young adults who were leaving a bar on a Saturday night, and found that close to half or 41% of the drivers who were supposed to be abstaining during the evening had been drinking. Out of these, almost 20% actually had enough alcohol in their system to be considered legally impaired and arrested for DUI.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Florida, who tested the blood alcohol levels of 1000 young people leaving bars over the weekend. Out of these, 165 people were believed to be designated drivers. As many as 70% of the designated drivers had alcohol, levels that measured at .02 or below and could probably drive safely. However, 18 percent of the drivers had blood alcohol levels that were at or greater than .08%, the legally permissible limit.