Study reveals danger of driving drunk at night

A new study has revealed that alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to see properly at night.

When an individual consumes alcohol and then chooses to get behind the wheel, the results can be catastrophic for others on the road. According to a new study, the dangers of drunk driving are particularly acute at night, as alcohol alters an individual's ability to see properly in the dark.

The study revealed that those who consumed alcohol generally had poorer vision at night than their sober counterparts. According to the researchers, individuals who have consumed alcohol see more halos around lights than those who are sober. The researchers concluded that the ethanol found in alcohol affects the tear-film that covers the eye, resulting in diminished night vision. In addition to people seeing more halos, people under the influence of alcohol see a poorer quality image than those who are sober.

The researchers raised concerns about the link between these visual disturbances and the number of drunk driving accidents that take place at night. When a motorist's vision is impaired, the likelihood of a serious collision taking place increases.

Avoid dangerous drunk driving collisions in Pennsylvania

Drunk driving accidents are a serious concern both in Pennsylvania and across the country. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 408 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers in Pennsylvania in 2012. In all, those deaths accounted for 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state that year.

Across Pennsylvania, there were almost 12,000 drunk driving collisions in 2012, resulting in 8,724 people suffering injuries.

The statistics in Pennsylvania mirror the country as a whole. In the United States, drunk drivers are responsible for about 31 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 30 people are killed in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers in the U.S. each day.

Stricter penalties considered by Pennsylvania legislature

In an effort to reduce the number of fatalities caused by drunk drivers in Pennsylvania, legislators are currently considering a bill that would increase the penalties associated with a first-time drunk driving conviction. The proposed legislation would require all those convicted of drunk driving to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. The device requires motorists to pass a breathalyzer test before the car will start.

When someone gets behind the wheel when impaired by alcohol or other substances, he or she poses a risk to everyone else on the road. Drunk drivers who cause serious motor vehicle accidents should be held accountable for the damage resulting from the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving collision in Pennsylvania, consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to ensure your interests are protected.

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