What could be more dangerous to your health, or that of others on the road, than being at the wheel when you are impaired by alcohol or drugs. One of the greatest tragedies in the nation that has occurred on America’s roadways has been the needless deaths that have resulted from driving while intoxicated. In 2011 alone, according to the Alcohol Alert “Death Clock” there have been 7,622 deaths in America, as of early September.
Every state in America has passed laws that are geared toward preventing drivers from driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of drugs. Simply, just saying no to drunk driving or driving while intoxicated has not been the solution. Some states, like Illinois are considering passing stricter laws to deal with this very serious crime.
How Serious Is The Problem:
When there have been literally tens of thousands of deaths caused by DUI drivers, at times the numbers can be indeed rather numbing. Yet, for the families that have to suffer through the death of a loved one who was a needless victim of this type of crime, the pain can be a reoccurring nightmare.
In 2009 alone there were an estimated 10,839 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, and an estimated 32 percent of all traffic deaths resulted from drunk driving, suggests the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is simply troubling to think that every 50 minutes an innocent person is killed in a vehicle crash due to an alcohol impaired drive, according to the website Century Council.
How State Laws Define DUI Types:
Driving while intoxicated under the law generally means that the driver has a blood/alcohol content (BAC) level that is above 0.10. Many states have decided to be proactive in their fight to reduce DUI related deaths …