Millions of DUI Arrests Every Year from 2013 to the Present

A 19-year old female, who was driving Toyota Prius and who had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.20%, collided head-on with a pickup truck along Highway 50 near Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento at about 2:30 a.m. of April 22, 2015. People who witnessed the accident before it occurred said that the female driver was on the fast lane of Highway 50, going eastbound in the westbound lane – she drove in the wrong direction, swerving around other vehicles for several miles. The accident killed her and the three passengers of the pickup truck she collided with.

Drunk driving continues to be a major traffic problem in all US states. Alcohol, as it has always been proven, impairs a person’s motor skills and mental capacity, as well as affects his or her coordination, reaction time, judgment, perception, and overall capability to keep his or her focus on the road. Lack or loss of control over any of these skills can easily result in a crash that may injure or kill not only the drunk driver himself or herself, but also other motorists. It is due to the increased risk of harm that may befall innocent lives which makes drunk driving a major offense.

Though the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit for car drivers is 0.08 percent, studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that even at 0.02 percent BAC level, a person’s driving ability and response time can already be affected. The possibility of figuring in a crash increases after 0.05 percent BAC, becoming even higher after 0.08 percent; thus, under all state laws, an individual is considered alcohol-impaired if he or she has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher and, if caught, will be charged with drinking under the influence (DUI) or drinking while intoxicated (DWI).

To reduce the risks due to drunk-driving, some states authorize traffic enforcers to charge a driver with impaired driving or DUI even if such driver’s blood alcohol concentration level is below 0.08 percent, so long as the arresting officer sees that the driver’s abilities are impaired.

In 2013, there were 1,171,935 DUI arrests in the U.S. including in the District of Columbia. In 2010, based on records from the (CDC), the number of arrests was 1.4 million. With these staggering figures some traffic authorities are cannot, but feel comforted, that the number of fatal accidents due to alcohol and/or illegal drugs impairment does not go beyond 10,500 every year. Thanks to stricter laws, the zeal in enforcing these laws, the harsher penalties, and to the efforts of private groups, like the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) which, since 1980, has helped in the passing of new DUI laws, such as the Zero Tolerance law (which prohibits drivers below 21 from having in their blood system any measurable amount of alcohol) and the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) law (which authorizes an arresting officer to confiscate the license of drivers who refuse to take or fail a breath test.

Traffic authorities, however, know that despite all the efforts from government and private groups, people will continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicles even when alcohol-impaired. Thus, the justice system will hold them liable for any damage they get to inflict on those that they injure or kill simply because drinking and driving is an irresponsible act that they willingly chose to do. Besides the criminal charge and penalties, offenders will also face monetary liabilities or compensation which they will legally have to pay victims.

The Chicago car accident attorneys of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, say state that despite the considerable resources that have been dedicated to keeping intoxicated drivers off the road, accidents that are caused by people who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs remains as serious a problem in Chicago as it does in the rest of the country.

There are few accidents that are as thoroughly preventable as those involving an intoxicated driver. That being said, the person who hit you should have known just how dangerous his or her decision to drive while under the influence would be.

The Abel Law Firm picks up along the line (above), saying that while all injuries and fatalities caused by automobile accidents are painful, those caused by drunk drivers are especially so because they are completely preventable. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, or you have lost a loved one because of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. It is understandable that money will not bring your loved one back to you, but it may be important in ensuring that the criminal who caused the accident will never make that mistake again.

 

 

 


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