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Washington drivers aware of drunk driving laws

Posted On Fri, January 29, 2010

According to the results of an online survey by PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company, drivers who live in Washington have an established understanding of when not to drink and drive.

The poll found that most residents felt two alcoholic drinks over the course of three hours were the most that both a 130-pound woman and a 175-pound man could consume before reaching the state's 0.08 percent legal driving limit.

Additionally, it found that the highest amount of men (21 percent) felt that two drinks over the course of three hours was the most they could consume and still be able to drive, while most women (31 percent) felt that they were only safe to drive after one drink.

"People are taught that drinking and driving don't mix," said PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg. "Our poll shows Washington drivers generally understand that. They need to remember that alcohol affects everyone differently, so regardless of how many drinks you've had, if there's any doubt, don't get behind the wheel."

The survey also found that 90 percent of residents said they had not driven a vehicle after drinking too much alcohol in the last year while only two percent responded that they definitely had.

An increased knowledge of knowing not to drive while drunk is likely good news for all motorists for many reasons. In addition to making the road a safer place, the decreased amount of accidents will likely result in lower auto insurance premiums for many as well.

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