Drunk-Driving: A Major Traffic Offense which continues to put Lives in Danger

Based on records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2010 due to intoxicated driving or driving under the influence (DUI), alternately referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI) in some states. Probably due to the strict implementation of anti-drunk driving laws and the zealousness of traffic enforcers in catching violators, the number went down to 1,171,935 in 2013; despite the decrease, though, the figure is undoubtedly too high still.

All across the US the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit for car drivers is 0.08% (this level can be reached after consuming four regular bottles of beer within an hour). This means that any suspected driver who registers a 0.08% (or higher) BAC level (after he or she is stopped by traffic enforcers) will be considered alcohol-impaired and charged with DUI or DWI.

Alcohol, as various studies have consistently shown, weakens an individual’s motor skills and mental capacity, thus, affecting his or her perception, judgment, coordination, reaction time, and overall capability in maintaining focus on the road. According to the website of David Ravid & Associates, it is primarily due to this weakened control over these skills why drunk driving is considered a major road offense. Simply put, alcohol impairs a driver, thus, increasing risks of accident and risks of harm or injury to other motorists and pedestrians.

Despite the overwhelming figures on arrests and fatal accidents (at least 10,000 annually), the gravity of the charge, the harsh punishments (heavy fines, imprisonment and others), the continuous educational and informative campaigns, and warnings of risks of accident and injury, some drivers are just either obstinate or too careless, as they continue to get behind the wheel even when intoxicated. Due to this careless attitude the law, therefore, holds them fully accountable for any untoward event that they may end up causing – property damage, but more so, injury or death.

Car accidents, however, have far more serious results than just property damage and physical injuries. These, as stressed by Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C.‘s website, also cause serious and long-lasting physical, emotional and, often, financial repercussions. Victims have a right to seek monetary compensation in court.

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