Drunk driving is well understood to be one of the most dangerous driving behaviors, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities daily in Georgia and across the nation. Despite decades of high-quality public education programs like those from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk drivers continue to endanger the lives of innocent drivers and pedestrians every day.
Some scary statistics on drunk driving in Georgia
According to the US government agency the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 3700 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers between 2003 to 2012. Drivers between the ages of 21-34 are most likely to die in a drunk-driving crash, and men are significantly more likely to die than women.
What strategies are effective in reducing drunk-driving collisions in Georgia?
We have seen many strategies that can reduce the senseless injuries and deaths that result from drunk driving, including:
- Drunk driving laws make it illegal nationwide to drive with a BAC at or above 0.08%. For people under 21, “zero tolerance” laws make it illegal to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system.
- Sobriety checkpoints allow police to briefly stop vehicles at specific, highly visible locations to see if the driver is impaired.
- Ignition interlocks installed in cars measure alcohol on the driver’s breath. Interlocks keep the car from starting if the driver has a BAC above a certain level.
- Mass media campaigns spread messages about the physical dangers and legal consequences of drunk driving.
- Administrative license revocation or suspension laws allow police to take away the license of a driver who tests at or above the legal BAC limit or who refuses testing.
- Alcohol screening and brief interventions take advantage of “teachable moments” to identify people at risk for alcohol problems and get them treatment as needed.
- School-based instructional programs are effective at teaching teens not to ride with drunk drivers.
The Weinstein Firm drunk-driving victim attorneys hope to never have another client injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver
We work everyday with people whose lives have been damaged or destroyed by the selfish and stupid decisions made by drunk drivers. While we feel that society as a whole is making progress in understanding that driving drunk is never an option, we see everyday that the problem remains a huge one. Our fondest hope is that these continued efforts and programs to eradicate drunk driving remain effective, and that someday, it will be possible to have no injuries or fatalities caused by drunk drivers.