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The impaired driving problem and what is being done about it

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Nov 22, 2016 6:32:37 PM

In New York and other states, there have been efforts to fight against impaired driving. However, there are still instances of people driving under the influence that occur regularly. Given this problem, lawmakers and advocates continuously work hard to educate citizens on intoxicated driving and the strategies to prevent it. 

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence discusses how intoxication affects the ability to drive. After consuming alcohol or drugs, a person's judgment, motor skills and brain function may become severely incapacitated. He or she may lose the ability to comprehend and react in driving situations, which increases the chance of a serious or fatal car accident.

Regardless of the fact that many people are aware of the danger and illegality of driving under the influence, over 30 percent of fatal accidents still involve drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, the problem is not restricted to adults. A 2013 study revealed that nearly 10 million people admitted to using illegal drugs and driving, and included in that figure were adolescents as young as 12 years old.

To address these issues, there are recommended strategies for the prevention of intoxicated driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC suggests a combination of community outreach and law enforcement. This involves encouraging the participation of schools and other organizations to assist in educational intervention. Also, legal plans of action such as setting up DUI checkpoints and requiring breathalyzers to be installed in the car ignition systems of all offenders may be impactful ways of deterring driving under the influence. Additionally, continuously and strictly enforcing a minimum drinking age and maximum blood alcohol level may also stop people from driving while intoxicated.

Topics: car accidents

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