Wilmington Traffic Collisions Often DUI Related
In the United States, an estimated 40 percent of all fatal car accidents are caused by drivers who are drunk. Every half hour, someone in this country is killed in an accident involving an intoxicated motorist. Just recently, WECT 6 reported that a 53-year-old Wilmington, NC man was killed in an accident allegedly caused by a 39-year-old drunk driver. The data on injuries is even worse, with one injury occurring every two minutes in a crash involving an intoxicated motorist.
With this troubling information, it comes as no surprise that three out of every four people in this country supports tougher penalties for intoxicated drivers and other legal methods of reducing the risk of intoxicated motorists on the road. Drunk driving accident lawyers in Wilmington, NC know a number of different techniques are used to try to reduce the risk of drunkenness on the streets, and the National Safety Council has recently provided a summary of some of the different techniques that are used as a method of reducing intoxicated driving.
Reducing Drunk Driving Dangers
According to the National Safety Council, some of the different steps that are used to fight drunk driving include:
- Screening and brief intervention: A review of more than 360 different studies has shown that screening and brief intervention is the most cost effective way to get people with alcohol problems treatment and to reduce the chances of an intoxicated person engaging in high risk behaviors like driving drunk. Employers can offer screening and brief intervention as part of employee health benefits packages. This also has the advantage of reducing potential liability for employers who could be held responsible if drunk employees cause car accidents on the job.
- Publicizing enforcement of drunk driving laws: Around the holidays, ad campaigns are usually run alerting the public to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and letting people know that police will be out in force trying to identify intoxicated motorists. This can help to reduce the risk of intoxicated drivers, as can sobriety checkpoints which are one example of high-visibility enforcement of drunk driving laws.
- Ignition interlock devices: These devices attach to the ignition of a vehicle and prevent the car from starting unless the driver checks his blood alcohol content. The National Transportation Safety Board has advised that ignition interlock devices should be required for all convicted DUI offenders. Since about a third of the 1.5 million people arrested annually for drunk driving have a prior conviction, taking the NTSB's advice might be a smart move.
- DWI courts and support for prosecution: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering the creation of DWI courts and is taking steps to try to improve the effectiveness of prosecutions against drunk drivers.
These steps are all important tools in the effort against drunk driving. The bottom line, though, is that every driver must make the personal choice not to drive while impaired. Drivers injured by an intoxicated motorist should also take action to hold the driver accountable.
The Law Offices of Richard Flexner represents clients throughout Wilmington, NC. Call 800-FLEXNER today to schedule your free consultation.