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1 year ago
The Danger of Drinking and… Walking?!

You know you should never drive while intoxicated, but walking home drunk isn’t a safer alternative: 37 percent of all pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in 2011 had blood alcohol contents (BACs) higher than the legal limit, according to a new report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the report, the NHTSA—the part of the Department of Transportation that monitors safety trends on roadways—found that 4,432 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2011, 37 percent of whom had BACs above the legal 0.08 limit. Surprisingly, in all of the 4,000-plus pedestrian deaths that year, the pedestrians were more likely to be drunk than the drivers were.

In response, the NHTSA has launched the “Everyone Is A Pedestrian”  campaign, which provides safety tips and resources for local leaders and city planners to help improve pedestrian safety.

The bottom line? Drinking impairs your ability to make smart decisions about personal safety—no matter which form of transportation you plan on taking when you’re ready to head home, says David Friedman, deputy administrator of the NHTSA. So don’t risk it—take a cab or have a friend act as DD to make sure you get home safely.

photo: photobank.kiev.ua/Shutterstock
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