Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of above 0.08% is illegal in the US and punishable by law. This is because far too often, effects and injuries that result from car accidents caused by drunk drivers are immense. However different states have different restrictions as well penalties regarding alcohol consumption. Drunk driving is a severe problem that can be easily avoided by creating and enforcing harsher laws against drunk drivers, requiring ignition interlocking mechanisms in the cars of repeat offenders, and by educating said repeat offenders with information that gives them alternatives, such as designated driver services.
Statistics from Department of Transportation (US) indicate that daily, 28 people in the United States perish Ain car crashes involving an intoxicated driver. This result in one death in every 51 passing minutes. To add on that, it is alarming that every year, a total cost of above $ 44 billion goes to drunk driving related clashes. Besides the use of alcohol interlocks, other harsher interventions can be employed to help curb this menace.
These include creating a program to impound vehicles belonging to impaired drivers and raising the fees payable for previously convicted driver’s license reinstatement. Also, as a temporary measure, law enforcement should give the authority to a 24-hour roadside suspension for intoxicated drivers. Collectively, these measures will help address these preventable deaths on the US roads.
Keywords: Interlocking, ignition, trauma, thwart, intoxication, drunk driving
Department of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2014 data: alcohol-impaired driving. Washington, DC: NHTSA; 2015 [cited 2016 Feb 5]. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812231.pdf.