More than a third of designated drivers have some alcohol in their system when they get behind the wheel, according to a recent study by the University of Florida. And of those who had been drinking, about half have a blood-alcohol content over .05.

Over the course of six Friday nights, researchers approached people leaving bars between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. in Gainesville. About 1,000 people agreed to a test of their blood-alcohol content. Thirty-five percent were found to have been drinking.

“If you look at how people choose their designated drivers, often they’re chosen by who is least drunk or who has successfully driven intoxicated in the past – successful meaning got home in one piece … that’s disconcerting,” said Adam Barry, an assistant professor of health education and behavior at the University of Florida. Barry was quoted in a report about the study on

Nearly 10,000 Americans die and 170,000 are injured in alcohol-related accidents every year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The board recently recommended that the blood-alcohol threshold for drunk driving be reduced from below .08 to .05.

Drunk and “buzzed” driving continues to be a large problem. Although having a designated driver is a good idea, the UF study suggests that you need to make sure the person you designate is completely sober.

If you are hurt in a traffic crash caused by a driver who has been drinking, you could very well be entitled to compensation.

If you live in the Tampa area, consider talking to the Florida drunk-driving accident attorneys at Disparti Law Group, P.A. Our firm puts a focus on personal injury cases, and we want to fight to make sure that negligent driver who injured you is help accountable. Disparti Law Group assists victims of traffic accidents in Tampa, Holiday, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Land O’Lakes, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and surrounding areas.

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