Operating a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol is risky behavior.Even a small amount of alcohol can make someone an unsafe driver because it is a depressant that affects vision, coordination, reaction time, and judgment. Kentucky has strict laws for drunk driving, and a person is considered legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than 0.08. A DWI/DUI conviction can carry a mandatory jail sentence, fines, and a license suspension.
Such penalties don’t matter much to the families whose lives are torn apart by the selfish actions of a drunk driver.Founded in 1980 to support the victims of drunk driving, the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that the average intoxicated driver has driven drunk 80 times before he or she is arrested for the first time and that one-half to three-quarters of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive after their license is suspended. More than 29 million people admitted in 2012 to having driven while under the influence of alcohol. On the flip side, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime. In 2012, an average of one life was lost approximately every 51 minutes because of drunk driving.