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Old September 26th, 2012, 01:11
maywilson maywilson is offline
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Default The Legal Consequences of Drinking and Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continues to be the biggest cause of most traffic-related accidents and fatalities.

Without the ability to prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, the legal system has resorted to heavy penalties when a drunk driver is caught. Being charged with DWI or DUI is the first course of action. If a driver is formally convicted, this usually results in a driverís license suspension, impounded vehicle plates, an impounded vehicle, fines or jail time. In most states, a drunk driver who causes a fatality can be charged with vehicular manslaughter or murder.
The Problem with Laws
The legal consequences for driving drunk donít prevent drivers from breaking the laws. And the consequences certainly donít bring the victims back.
Unfortunately, stiff consequences donít deter a lot of drivers from drinking and driving. Few drunk drivers ďfeelĒ incapable of driving. In fact, most convicted drunk drivers are repeat offenders with a history of DUI convictions and poly-drug abuse. And most fail to appear for their court hearing when charged, and so continue to put their life and the lives of others at risk.
While most drivers with a blood-alcohol level of over .15 are at a much greater risk of causing a fatality, most drunk-driving related accidents result from an impaired driver with a blood alcohol level much lower, .08.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the risk of death for drivers in a single vehicle crash with as a result of driving drunk, is 385 times that of a driver who has not been drinking. For a male driver between the ages of 25-35, the risk increases to 707 times that of a sober driver.
Alcohol is a depressant that slows down your brain and body. For most, it causes slurred speech, blurry vision, and loss of balance. These are not the tell-tale signs of whether or not you should get behind the wheel if youíve been drinking. Simply put, if you want to avoid becoming one of these statistics, donít get behind the wheel if youíve been drinking, at all.

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