Buzzed driving is drunk driving

Jul 11, 2011

Actors deat stirs talk over drunk driving hazards

In the wake of television and movie star Ryan Dunn's tragic death, the dangers of drunk driving are once again on America's front pages. In a toxicology report released Wednesday, it was found that Dunn's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash, according to CNN.

However, a study published in the journal Addiction is suggesting that even the "legal limit" of intoxication is not safe for operating a motor vehicle, TIME Magazine reports. The researchers found that drivers who had just one drink before getting behind the wheel were more likely to get in crashes than their sober counterparts.

After reviewing accident and injury data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System database, it was discovered that even a BAL of .01 percent had a 37 percent greater number of accidents, the media source reports. Experts believe that drivers who have consumed any amount of alcohol are more likely to speed and less likely to wear a seatbelt. When Dunn's car ran off the road accident reports suggest he was driving more than 130 miles per hour, it was unknown if he had life insurance.

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