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How does alcohol impair the body? Part 1

Everyone always believes that they are the exception to the rule. Drunk drivers epitomize this hubris by refusing to acknowledge that alcohol's effect on the body is scientific and medical, it has nothing to do with willpower. No matter how hard you try, a cold shower and a cup of coffee will not sober you up; only time can do that. The CDC put out some guidelines that outline alcohol's effect on the body based upon the number of drinks you had. This post will go over those general guidelines and how they may impact your ability to drive.

Some tips to avoid drowsy driving

Drowsy driving can occur at any time but the majority occurs between midnight and 6 a.m. and the late afternoon. This is when the human body's internal clock tells the body that it is time for sleep. Driving tired is the not the same as drowsy. We experience drowsiness when our bodies are trying to go to sleep. There are certain tasks we should not undertake when in such a state. And certainly, driving a motor vehicle is one such task.

Safety First: Tips for Safe Motorcycle Riding

Riding a motorcycle is, quite clearly, a whole different experience compared to driving a car. When it comes to safety, there are certain steps that new and experienced riders alike need to take into consideration before they hit the streets that they may not have had to deal with when driving a car. Here are a handful of the most often forgotten and neglected motorcycle riding safety tips that ought to be remembered by drivers more frequently.

Truck accidents by the numbers

Trucks remain a necessary, albeit deadly, part of the road. Many trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times that of a passenger vehicle. They are often higher up, which can result in cars being pulled under and dragged. All of these factors add to the dangers of these pieces of machinery that dominate highways and streets. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiles data to identify problem areas and reduce them to improve safety.

New device to detect drunk driving

An ongoing problem with DUIs is that they are hard to detect until after they cause an accident. Breathalyzers, field sobriety tests and checkpoints can only go so far. New technology is required to give the police and communities more tools to prevent drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been working since 2006 to introduce new technologies to prevent drunk driving. This article will go over those new technologies and how they may function in the community.

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