How alcohol affects driver decisions 

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2022 | Drunk Driving Accidents |

Many people across Colorado choose to go out at the weekend and have a few drinks, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Others take on the role of designated driver to ensure that their friends and family make it home safely. 

Such as system tends to work out, the problems only arise when alcohol and driving are mixed. Drunk driving causes many accidents across Colorado every year, with hundreds of fatalities. In both physical and cognitive terms, drivers are simply not able to make good decisions when they are impaired, and here’s why; 

Impaired vision

Vision is the most important aspect of driver safety. When a person is intoxicated, their eyes simply do not work as they are supposed to. Vision becomes blurred and reaction times are slowed significantly. Impaired drivers tend to struggle to see anything that is not directly in front of them, which means pedestrians, cyclists and other road users are all at risk. 

Poor concentration levels

Although driving feels almost automatic to those with experience, it actually requires high levels of concentration. Drivers who are intoxicated cannot guarantee the levels of concentration required to ensure safety. This is why the speed of drunk drivers is often erratic, they may veer over the centerline and swerve across the road, placing anyone in their path in serious danger. 

Poor judgment

Studies suggest that impaired drivers are willing to take more risks. A decision that would not have been taken when sober is unlikely to be a better decision. The poor judgment and planning skills shown by impaired drivers again put everyone, including themselves, in severe danger. 

You have a right not to be placed at undue risk from intoxicated road users. If you have been hurt in a road traffic collision, make sure you explore your legal options in the state of Colorado.