PennDOT, Safety Partners Educate Motorists on Impaired Driving Myths

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A drink isn't always just a drink, according to Cathy Tress, law enforcement liaison for the Pennsylvania DUI Association. Tress explained that certain beverages contain much more alcohol, and the body processes them much more slowly. Because of this, a person may not be aware of the amount of alcohol they have consumed. The concept was one of several alcohol misconceptions Tress spoke about at Marzoni's Brick Oven and Brewing Co. in Duncansville prior to the start of the St. Patrick's Day enforcement period. The beverages on the table in front of Tress represent "one drink": a regular 12-ounce beer, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor or 5 ounces of table wine. (Provided photo)

A drink isn’t always just a drink, according to Cathy Tress, law enforcement liaison for the Pennsylvania DUI Association. Tress explained that certain beverages contain much more alcohol, and the body processes them much more slowly. Because of this, a person may not be aware of the amount of alcohol they have consumed. The concept was one of several alcohol misconceptions Tress spoke about at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewing Co. in Duncansville prior to the start of the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period. The beverages on the table in front of Tress represent “one drink”: a regular 12-ounce beer, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor or 5 ounces of table wine. (Provided photo)

HOLIDAYSBURG – PennDOT, the state’s DUI Association and law enforcement agencies recently hosted an event to highlight alcohol-related myths at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewing Co. in Duncansville. The event presented information to educate motorists prior to the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period.

Some common alcohol-related misconceptions and facts include:

  • Myth: Beer doesn’t have as much alcohol as “hard liquor.” Fact: Beer with about a 5-percent alcohol content by volume contains as much “pure” alcohol or ethanol as 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor or 5 ounces of table wine (12 percent alcohol by volume). Each of these constitutes one drink;
  • Myth: Coffee will sober up an intoxicated person. Fact: Caffeine, cold showers and exercise have no sobering effect on an intoxicated person. The body processes approximately one drink every hour. Only time can sober someone up;
  • Myth: Placing pennies in your mouth will lower your blood-alcohol content reading on a breath tester. Fact: Pennies, onions, garlic and or other items will not lower a person’s blood alcohol content; and
  • Myth: It is better to refuse a breath- or blood-alcohol test. Fact: Just by being licensed to drive in Pennsylvania, a person has agreed to submit to chemical testing. This is referred to as the Implied Consent Law. Failure to submit to such tests will result in an automatic one-year license suspension.

Motorists are reminded to always designate a sober driver. Impaired driving includes not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but also prescription or illegal drugs.

State and local police will be on patrol throughout Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, Potter and Somerset counties during the holiday enforcement period.

To learn more, visit www.JustDrivePA.com.

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