Everyone knows that drunk driving is dangerous; however, few have experienced the dangers first-hand. But a reporter for ABC 13 News decided to be a guinea pig, so to speak, by attempting drunk driving in a controlled environment. Without police supervision in an uncontrolled environment, this experiment should never be attempted.
Reporter First Navigates the Course Sober
Miya Shay of ABC first navigated a course—set up by the Houston police department—while sober. The course is challenging to complete even without having had a drink; drivers are supposed to navigate turns, parallel park, and more, all within a minute and 25 seconds. Despite its difficulties, Shay completed the course successfully.
And then she had a couple of drinks.
Attempting a Test Driving Course While Intoxicated
After completing the course, Miya Shay then sat down with police officers for a round of drinks. Before heading out back on the course, her BAC—blood alcohol content level—was measured. Shay blew a 0.073 percent, an amount that’s still below the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Shay then attempted to navigate the course one more time. This time, to simulate a child running out in front of the car, officers threw a ball in front of Shay’s vehicle. Shay didn’t see the ball.
Another Round of Drinks In
Officers then gave everyone more alcohol with the intention of bringing BAC levels above the legal limit to the equivalent of eight to nine drinks per person. Officers then took to the course once more, running over cones, and not being able to parallel park whatsoever. Most of the intoxicated officers assumed that they had performed well, despite the fact that the driving was clearly dangerous.
Why simulate drunk driving?
The point of the exercise was to demonstrate just how dangerous drinking while driving really is. However, the dangers of driving while impaired shouldn’t be downplayed; Texas leads the nation in the number of drunk driving deaths every year.
Stay Sober on the Road
If you’ve had a drink, forego driving. Even if you’re below the legal limit, you may still pose a danger to yourself and others. Rather than getting in the driver’s seat, call a friend, a family member, or a cab to come pick you up.
If you have been charged with drinking and driving in Houston, make sure you hire a DWI attorney as soon as possible. The penalties for a DWI conviction are harsh. An attorney can help you navigate the complex legal system and build your defense. At Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. we want to represent you. Get in touch with us today to learn more!