Magazine article Work & Family Life

Safe Drivers Don't Drink and Don't Text

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Safe Drivers Don't Drink and Don't Text

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| any "designated drivers" ido not refrain from drinking, according to University of Florida research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers tested 1,000 subjects (with an average age of 28) as they left bars in a Florida city. The group included 165 people who identified themselves as designated drivers.

Only 65 percent of the designated drivers showed no blood-alcohol content, 17 percent registered from 0.02 to 0.049 percent and 18 percent measured 0.05 percent or higher. It is illegal in the U.S. to drive with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher, and recently the National Highway Transportation Safety Board recommended that the limit be reduced to 0.05.

"Often people choose designated drivers because they're the ones who have drunk the least," says Adam E. …

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