We have willingly posted this here at the request of the PR team for Winnipeg Police Service, Manitoba. It’s an excellent video that makes a crucially important point.
I confess that this video actually made me curse out loud the first time I saw it because, as a former police officer, I have certainly known of such things and I have seen some terrifyingly near misses, too. But there is no excuse… none!
Here’s a video of just a conversation that you might like to forward to anyone you care about who either texts, uses their phone for music or talks on the phone while driving. (It’s no good pretending that only texting is dangerous; that’s what the cell phone companies want everyone to believe so those massive corporations can maintain the best-possible profit levels!)
Suffice it to say that this should make anyone think twice.
In this ‘dash cam’ clip, a drunk is seen driving very dangerously indeed.
I confess that when I first watched this, I was silently hoping the car would run off the road, for the simple reason that this would hopefully limit the number of people s/he could potentially hurt or kill.
The reason for showing this clip on the ADoNA website is to reinforce the point that it can be very risky indeed to enter a ‘blind’ section of road — any part of the road that is hidden from your view — too quickly, because you never know what might be there or coming towards you. There’s a lot more to it than just your speed, however (see below).
Indeed, on one occasion when I was in Iowa, instructing two young men out of hundreds that we trained for a major subsidiary of Dow Chemicals, we were heading back to their base and they were visibly starting to lose concentration as the end of the day came closer. However, the one that was driving approached a blind hillcrest (knoll) poorly and I got him to sharpen up and approach it in the way I had taught him earlier. Even so, all three of us were taken aback when a large pick-up truck came barreling over the hillcrest entirely on the wrong side of the road, in total contravention of the solid double-yellow lines. Both ‘my’ young men physically screamed but because of our adjusted approach the likely head-on collision was completely averted — a very satisfying ‘day at the office’ for me 😀
This research indicates that a driver with a BrAC of 0.05% is twice as likely to crash as a driver with no alcohol in their system, and the risk for a driver with a BrAC of 0.08% — the current legal limit in all states of the USA — is almost exactly four-times higher than with no alcohol.
The unadjusted crash risk estimates for alcohol indicated that drivers with BrACs of .05 grams per 210 liters g/210L are 2.05 times more likely to crash than drivers with no alcohol. For drivers with BrACs of .08 g/210L, the unadjusted crash risk is 3.98 times that of drivers with no alcohol. When adjusted for age and gender,drivers with BrACs of .05 g/210L are 2.07 times more likely to crash than drivers with no alcohol. The adjusted crash risk for drivers at .08 g/210L is 3.93 times that of drivers with no alcohol. [#End]
Importantly, readers should also view the World Medical Association Statement on Alcohol and Road Safety (1992, 2006 & 2016), which states “…it would be desirable to lower the maximum permissible level of blood alcohol to a minimum, but not above 0.5 grams per litre, which is low enough to allow the average driver to retain the ability to assess risk.”
“BrACs” are Breath-Alcohol Concentrations, as opposed to the more commonly seen Blood-Alcohol Concentrations [BACs].
“0.5 grams per litre” is the equivalent of 0.05% BAC.