August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- There is no disputing the fact that drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States. In Florida, alcohol was involved in 17,748 crashes according to the 2010 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics. While there are increasingly tougher penalties
enacted by states to discourage people from drinking and driving, drunk driving is still a major cause of car accidents and many of them result in serious injury or death.
Florida is one of those states that take a tough stance. People who are convicted of drunk driving for a second time are required to use an ignition interlock, according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and even first-time DUI offenders can be ordered to use one. Furthermore, with a first-time conviction, there are fines to pay, jail sentences, community service, probation, license revocation and DUI school to attend.
Suggested lower legal limit
The National Transportation Safety Board believes that there is more states can do to cut down the number of people who are killed by drivers under the influence of alcohol according to NBC News. Recently the NTSB made the recommendation that states should lower the legal limit down to 0.05; currently, the legal limit nationwide is set at 0.08. If Florida and other states were to change the legal limit, the NTSB says that up to 1,000 lives could be saved each year.
Immediately, the National Beverage Institute voiced opposition, claiming that taking such a step would essentially punish people who already act in a responsible manner while do nothing to stop those that consume large amounts of alcohol from driving.
Facts about drunk driving
The NTSB says there are a large number of reasons why states should follow their recommendation. These reasons include:
When Australia lowered its legal limit to 0.05, provinces reported a drop in traffic fatalities involving alcohol.
4 million people admit to driving after drinking in studies conducted.
Around 10,000 people die in the U.S. every year in alcohol-related accidents.
People have problems with their cognitive functions when their blood alcohol content is at 0.07; others start having issues with a BAC of 0.05.
Many other countries already have an established legal limit of 0.05.
In 2010, 794 people were killed in Florida in crashes involving alcohol and over 12,000 injuries were reported. It is unknown how many of those injuries were serious ones but it is important to remember that drunk driving affects victims and their families, especially if the victim dies or is left permanently disabled.
Victims and their families have legal options and one way that they can pursue justice is to take the person at fault to court to seek compensation. Though it is true that compensation cannot change the results of the accident, it can provide people with financial support to help them rebuild their lives. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you should talk to a knowledgeable attorney in your area to learn how you can hold that driver financially responsible.