We've all heard the familiar phrase: don't drink and drive. For most of us here in Wisconsin, this is a common sense statement that needs no preface. Another common phrase encourages us to drive responsibly and find a designated driver. Seems simple enough. But according to a new study, about 40 percent of designated drivers consume at least some amount of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car. Furthermore, one-fifth of them may have been just as impaired as the people they were supposed to be bringing home safely.
The recent announcement by the National Transportation Safety Board sent the entire nation into a buzz this month when they suggested that the .08 blood-alcohol threshold be lowered to .05. It's worked in reducing the number of alcohol-related deaths in more than 100 countries after they adopted the new lower limit.