Many New Mexico residents enjoy having an extra hour of sleep when they set their clocks back by one hour to mark the end of daylight saving time, but many road safety experts dread the annual change. Any disruption in sleep patterns can affect the body's circadian rhythm and impair concentration during the day, which can be extremely dangerous when darkness begins to fall just as commuters are heading home.
For as common as car accidents in Albequerque may seem, most believe themselves to be able to avoid them by following safe driving practices. That may be true, but only to a certain extent. Unfortunately, people cannot plan for the actions of others. Oftentimes, the reckless or careless decisions of drivers on the road put the others around them at risk. Then there may be cases where a simple mistake by one person behind causes catastrophic consequences for others. Whatever goes into causing a car accident, the victims of such an event are often left facing financial challenges that they alone may not be able to overcome.
Most in Albuquerque are likely already aware of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Recent years have seen an increased emphasis placed on just how dangerous distracted driving can be as well. Yet most of those efforts have been aimed at getting drivers to stop using their cell phones while behind the wheel (whether it be talking or texting). This seemingly implies that distracted driving equates only to using one’s cell phone wile driving, when in reality there are actually several different forms of distracted driving.
Car accidents in New Mexico can be devastating in terms of bodily injury and property damage. However, when a crash involves a drunk driver, this is even worse because the driver never should have gotten into the vehicle in the first place. Motorists should be able to identify a potential drunk driver based off certain signs so that they can report the driver to law enforcement to get them off the road.
Most drivers understand that it is illegal to drive under the influence in New Mexico, but many people do not understand exactly how many drinks it takes to reach the legal limit of .08. There are different factors involved in how the body absorbs and metabolizes alcohol, which means one person may only be able to drink one alcoholic beverage before hitting the limit, while another driver may be able to drink two or three. If someone is planning on drinking, the best way to avoid a DUI is to not drive at all and use public transportation, a designated driver or cab. It is also helpful to understand how to drink responsibly.