Alcohol Related Accidents

DUI: Still a Major Traffic Problem in all US States

»Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Alcohol Related Accidents | 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers caused the deaths of 10,322 individuals in 2012. Two years prior to this, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested after they were found intoxicated by alcohol and/or illegal drugs.

Driving under the influence (DUI), whether of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs, continues to be the cause of thousands of fatal accidents in the U.S. Despite learning even during childhood that drinking and driving is a very dangerous combination, so many rather choose to act irresponsibly on the road.

As mentioned by Dr. Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, in his book, “One for the Road,” love of drinking and love of driving of Americans are both implanted in the nation’s culture. This is probably why, despite stricter laws, harsher punishments and heavier fines, so many Americans, especially young drivers, continue to drive while under the influence.

The current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in all US states is 0.08%, while for drivers below the age of 21, a “No Tolerance” policy is in effect (this policy mandates that no trace of alcohol should be found in the blood system of those under 21 while they are driving as the leading cause of death among teens is traffic accident, with about a third of it being due to alcohol or drug intoxication).

The law considers drunk driving as a grave act of negligence, much more so if someone gets injured or killed. Drivers who will be found intoxicated while driving will be charged with DUI, or driving under the influence, a serious crime in all US states. Depending on the BAC level or if anyone is hurt in the accident, the punishments become heavier and the fines, more expensive; there are also the possibilities of the court ordering the guilty driver to have an ignition interlock be installed inside his or her vehicle and that he or she carry an SR-22 filing.

According to a Danville car accident lawyer, alcohol decreases coordination as well as delays reaction speed. When combined with a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds and traveling at high rates of speed, it is no wonder it can kill or cause very serious injuries.

Some of the effects of alcohol, as mentioned in the Sampson Law Firm website are severely lowered reaction times, blurred vision, reduced depth perception, lack of concentration and reduced coordination. Clearly, these effects only create a more dangerous driving environment for everyone on the road. Driving a motor vehicle requires the utmost in concentration and coordination, both of which are impeded by the effects of drinking alcohol.

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