Americans take 233 billion trips in cars each year. Every day, approximately 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve alcohol-impaired drives. This totals to one death every 51 minutes. So a proportionally tiny amount of bad behavior is one of the major causes of death and injury on our roadways. At any given point, we potentially share the roads with two million people with three or more drunk driving offenses. Provoking their licenses isn’t enough due to the fact that 50-75% of them drive anyway. This is why we need to require for all drunk driving offenders. Two-thirds of the drunk driving problem comes from people who, before they kill or injure themselves or others, have yet to be arrested.
Thankfully, there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving. We, as a community need to support law enforcement and help deter drunk drivers through proven solutions like sobriety checkpoints.
Sobriety checkpoints are police stops, or checkpoints, where officers are set up on a roadway to randomly stop vehicles to check for impaired drivers. These are usually set up during times when impaired driving is known to happen, such as holiday weekends. It has been shown by some studies to be effective in combating drunk driving, and are conducted in a fixed location at which police pull over vehicles according to a predetermined plan.
Don’t get behind the wheel even after ONE drink. It takes approximately two hours for only one alcoholic beverage to digest through the human body. Have your local taxi service on speed dial, or count on the people with whom you went out with to take you home. Not only will you be avoiding a traumatizing experience, but you will be saving an innocent life at the same time. Remember, it only takes one drink. Think smart, drive cautiously and drink responsibly. If you or a family member were a victim in a DUI accident, contact Parvey and Cavenago today. Don’t Go It Alone.