February 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Drunk driving laws were set up to protect people on the road from being hurt by people who drink and drive and the severe penalties associated with those charges reflect this philosophy. Although they can be strict, they're also meant to prevent people from continuing to get behind the wheel intoxicated, possibly ending up in prison for years. Since states began changing their blood alcohol content limits to .08 percent about 30 years ago, the number of drunk driving deaths across the U.S. have been declining, according to USA Today. Some groups have suggested other law changes in attempts to prevent more accidents, with mixed opinions.
A new law that has been in effect in Tennessee since July now requires the installation of ignition interlock devices for everyone who gets a DUI, including those with first-time convictions
. According to WSMT-TV News, this should allow people with DUIs to remain independent and be able to drive to and from their jobs, and discourage them from getting behind the wheel intoxicated again. The law also requires an attached camera to ensure the right person is blowing into the interlock device.
Some oppose suggested DUI law changes
Many such laws have been recently enacted in several states. MADD strongly supports stronger ignition interlock laws
; however, the group isn't standing behind changes to current blood alcohol content laws suggested by the National Transportation Safety Board, which says more alcohol-related deaths can be prevented by lowering the legal limit from .08 percent to .05. Many of those who oppose the changes say that responsible drinkers could end up being arrested for drunk driving after only having one or two drinks. Instead, MADD recommends focusing on interlock laws, people who drink much more than the legal limit and repeat drunk drivers.
Nobody wants to end a good time with an accident or arrest. When people keep in mind a few basic tips on making smart drinking choices, they can avoid getting a DUI.
- Before going out, designate a sober driver.
- If hosting a party, provide non-alcoholic beverages for sober drivers, and ensure that nobody drives off intoxicated.
- Take the keys away from friends who have been drinking.
- Don't overdo it; decide in advance how much is a reasonable amount to drink.
Additionally, parents who talk to their children early about the dangers of drinking and driving, and about never getting in a car with someone who has been drinking, stand a much better chance of their kids making wise decisions when getting behind the wheel.
How an attorney can help
It can be confusing and scary for someone getting a first-time DUI, especially when some laws have changed. Whether it is your first arrest or if you have a prior conviction, an experienced drunk driving defense attorney can help to protect your rights.
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