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Alcohol Impaired Driving
With more than 50,000 drivers added monthly, it would make sense that more people are using Uber to be more responsible while on the road. However, a recent study by researchers at Oxford University and the University of Southern California showed that the service has yet to reduce drunk driving.
Recently, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers held their first-ever DUI Symposium in Atlanta. The symposium was developed to offer support for DUI victims and crash survivor families. The invited speakers discussed a range of topics including victim compensation, the Memorial Sign Program, prosecution, and prevention. Learn more here about the symposium.
In March of 2016, the State of Georgia expanded its legislation regarding ignition interlock devices, thereby improving safety for the public. Read more here about this crucial new law that will help get drunk drivers off the road.
Unlike the owners of those fictional establishments, bar and nightclub owners in Texas and around the nation actually have a legal obligation to try to keep their patrons as safe as possible.
From a purely technical standpoint, there is no simple answer to the question of just how much alcohol a person can drink without being considered too impaired to drive. There is, however, an easy answer with respect to what the law says on the matter. Go here to learn more about this important issue.
A stunning 31% of all the traffic deaths in the United States were involving people who drove while they were intoxicated. That’s no less than 10,000 persons a year or 28 a day! Driving while intoxicated is commonly known as DUI (driving under the influence), but in some states it’s also referred to as DWI (driving while intoxicated), OWI (operating while impaired) and OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence). This is not only very deadly, but also illegal in all 50 states.
About the size of a cell phone, an ignition interlock device is wired into the ignition system of a drunk driver's car. To go anywhere, the driver must blow into the device and register no alcohol on his or her breath. If there's a measurable amount, the car will not start. Does this device work? Yes, and here's how.
If a drunk driver is caught and reprimanded through fines, loss of license, and even jail time, does it mean that the lesson is learned? Unfortunately, the data says no. The hope is always that he or she will never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol again. An ignition interlock device can greatly reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road by enforcing behavior change and consequences for harmful choices. Click here to learn more about the effectiveness of interlock devices in keeping drunk drivers off the roads.
It's no surprise to anyone that drinking and driving are unsafe, illegal, and easily preventable. Most of all to the people who have been harmed by someone's terrible choice to drink and drive. But you are not alone, and these statistics back it up. Bill Coats Law in Bellingham, WA has compiled a list of recent figures of how devastating and far-reaching a problem drinking and driving continues to be.
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