Every year, drunk drivers cause auto accidents that severely injure or kill thousands of innocent people. However, it is a tragedy that can be prevented with different strategies. Here’s a list of what can be done to keep drunk drivers off the road.
- Stop the drunk person from driving
- Sobriety checkpoints
- Ignition interlocks
- Mass media campaigns
- New technology
The best way to prevent a drunk person from driving is to make a plan for a designated driver who is sober. And if someone who’s impaired and trying to drive, you can call a cab, suggest they sleep over, take their keys away or call law enforcement. It’s better to have a friend arrested than injured or allow that friend to injure others.
Sobriety checkpoints allow law enforcement to stop vehicles at highly visible locations to check and see if the operator is impaired. Breathalyzer tests may be administered if police suspect the driver is intoxicated.
Ignition interlocks are used for individuals who have been previously convicted of a DUI and are highly effective in preventing repeat offenses. These devices measure the level of alcohol on the operator’s breath and prevent the vehicle from starting if the operator has a BAC of 0.02 percent. Simply put, one has to be sober to start.
Mass Media Campaigns
Mass media campaigns bring awareness and spread the message of the danger of drunk driving and its consequences. They encourage people to keep other from driving while drunk and persuade people not to drink.
Support the new technology of impaired detection in cars by supporting non-profit organizations like MADD. Technology is on the horizon to equip cars to automatically determine if a driver is above the legal limit of .08. If the driver is over the legal limit, the care won’t operate. It’s advanced in-vehicle alcohol technology that’s in its second phase of development.
With all of these strategies, we can help eliminate the future of drunk driving and secure the safe future of others. However, if you or a loved one has been injured due to a drunk driver, let the attorneys at Campbell & Associates help. Give them a call today at 704.333.0885 as our expert staff is standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.