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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Why spotlight Drunk Driving in November? 

Sadly, 1 person was killed every 45 minutes in the U.S. from drunk driving in 2020.  That was just over 11,650 people, or about a quarter of Urbandale's population.  Let's be honest, having a drink of alcohol is a century old tradition and often enjoyed during a holiday meal or party.  People who drink aren't bad people, they just make bad decisions.  Why? Because that is what alcohol does.  Alcohol is a substance that reduces the functions of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination.  

What should you do?  First, make the clear-headed decision not to drive before you are going to drink, and have a plan.  That plan could be taking a taxi or rideshare service (for example Uber or Lyft), having a designated driver or spending the night at the place you're drinking (for example a friend's home).  Having the plan already established will help when the alcohol you've drunk starts to cloud your judgement.   Chart of Blood Alcohol Levels by Gender 

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