New Suit Mimics Impact Of Alcohol On Motorists
Ford Driving Skills For Life Course Emphasise Risk Of Drink-Driving
The Ford Motor Company has created a suit that simulates the impact of alcohol on a motorist. The manufacturer is now – courtesy of its Driving Skills For Life courses – encouraging younger drivers to access its impact. This initiative follows a survey which revealed that a significant proportion of motorists have an irresponsible and dangerous attitude toward drink-driving. It showed, in fact, that fifty-six percent of those aged seventeen to twenty-four have driven while drunk (or know a friend who has). Furthermore, thirty-three percent have accepted a lift from somebody under the influence of alcohol - and sixty-six percent do not know the legal limit. This lack of awareness is staggering considering the frequency and directness of high-profile campaigns. Ford's suit incorporates goggles that reduce the field of vision and cause blurriness, earphones that impede hearing and joint limiters/weights on the ankles and wrists. These slow a motorist's reaction times. The result is that simple tasks such as walking in a straight line and catching a ball become far more challenging, as does driving. In fact, a video shows a young lady struggling to perform simple tasks such as reversing into a parking bay, conducting an emergency stop and steering between cones.
Drink-Drive Limit In The United Kingdom
Motorists might be more tempted to drink this summer than recent years. There is the FIFA World Cup, after all, and thousands of people watch these matches in bars. The predicted nice weather will also encourage drivers to attend festivals, concerts, parties and BBQs - all of which tend to involve booze. The legal drink-drive limit in the United Kingdom is thirty-five microgrammes per one-hundred millilitres of breath, eighty milligrammes per one-hundred millilitres of blood, or one-hundred and seven milligrammes per one-hundred millilitres of urine. Drinkaware.co.uk has stated that “there is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit”. Why? Because the amount of alcohol required to push someone over varies according to a wide range of factors. These include: weight, gender, metabolism, the type of alcohol, stress levels and whether he/she has eaten. Age is also a factor as youngsters process alcohol slowly. Clearly, motorists should not drive after consuming any booze as even a small amount can be impeding. Those that do, however, can at least ensure they are legal via hand-held breathalysers. These machines cost very little and can be bought from a range of outlets.