PennDOT invites you to test your knowledge about DUI with the following list of myths and facts:Small amounts of alcohol don't affect driving ability enough to be dangerous.

Alcohol depresses the nervous system and impairment begins with the very first drink. This means that even in low blood-alcohol concentrations (.03 to .05 percent), alcohol has an adverse effect on vision, coordination and judgment. This impact increases the amount of time a driver needs to read road signs, see traffic signals, and react to new situations on the road.

Alcohol's effects are lessened by eating a large amount of food.

Normally the human body eliminates alcohol from the blood stream at the rate of one drink per hour. Instead

of lessening its effects, increased intake of food only slows the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the body and metabolized. Therefore, alcohol actually stays in the body longer and could lead drinkers to underestimate how intoxicated they really are.

Everyone drinks and drives. Not everyone drinks and drives. According to the Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association, DUI incidents have decreased for the past several years because of increased public awareness and heightened enforcement of drunk driving laws.

Increased DUI enforcement doesn't work and inconveniences sober drivers.

Enforcement is definitely worth the effort. Highly visible law enforcement measures like roving patrols and mobile awareness patrols save lives by

removing drunk drivers from the road. They may also encourage many people who would normally drive drunk to modify their behavior for fear of being caught - especially when anti-DUI measures are announced ahead of time.

Police should use their time chasing "real criminals," not drunk drivers.

Crashes involving alcohol are not "accidents." They are violent crimes resulting from an individual's decision to drink and drive. Over 16,000 Americans lose their lives every year to impaired driving. An alcohol-related crash is five times as likely to result in death as a crash that does not involve alcohol. In 1999, while only 10 percent of all crashes in the state were alcohol-related, they accounted for more than one-third of all crash-related deaths. Drunk drivers cause property damage,

injury and death to sober, law-abiding citizens, as well as themselves.

Drunk driving isn't all that costly.

Drunk driving costs everyone with higher insurance rates and higher taxes that help pay medical bills for uninsured crash victims. Employers pay in lost productivity when workers are injured or killed. Injured employees pay through lost wages, large hospital bills, as well as physical pain and discomfort. Of course, the highest price of all is paid by those who die and the loved ones they leave behind.

It's okay to drive short distances after drinking.

Most crashes occur within 25 miles of home. Because drivers tend to feel safer on familiar roads, they become more relaxed about their driving and pay less attention to speed, braking and turn signal usage.

No one would ever drive under the influence with a child in the car.

Sadly, most children who are killed in alcohol-related crashes are passen-

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