Why is it so dangerous to drink and drive? Think about it: driving
involves piloting a 1-ton steel machine at relatively high speeds while
avoiding obstacles such as other vehicles, trees, and telephone poles.
Accomplishing this task requires good reflexes, coordination and
judgment. Accomplishing this task requires good reflexes, coordination
and judgment. After a few drinks, these faculties go right out the
window. Your vision becomes blurry and you become clumsy and
uncoordinated. By the time you approach the legal limit, you can't walk
a straight line, must less drive one!
Unfortunately, alcohol also affects your ability to perceive danger, so
you are less likely to realize how dangerous it would be for you to get
behind the wheel. Remember that the next time you ask a friend, "Are
you okay to drive?" The Illinois Secretary of State's office holds
presentations for schools, businesses and civic groups on the dangers
of drunk driving. To help spectators get a feel for how dangerous it is
to drive drunk, these presentations often include real "beer goggles"
to simulate the effects of being intoxicated. To request more
information from the Secretary of State's office, click