Most Drunk Driving Accidents Caused by Repeat Offenders

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Data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that the bulk of alcohol-related car accident fatalities are caused by repeat drunken-driving offenders.

Data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that the bulk of alcohol-related car accident fatalities are caused by repeat drunken-driving offenders.  According to the data, in the year 2012, there was actually an increase in the number of people who were killed in drunk driving accidents.

The number of people being killed in such accidents continues to remain at record lows as it has over the past couple of years. However, last year, there was an increase of 4.6% in the number of people killed in alcohol-related car accidents compared to 2011. Most of those accidents involved drivers who were driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of at least .15. That is close to twice the maximum blood-alcohol permissible level of .08.

Typically, persons who are driving with a blood-alcohol level of .115 are considered hard-core offenders. Similarly, persons who are convicted of repeat driving offences are also considered extreme offenders, who are much more likely to cause a serious or fatal accident.

California has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country. Under a pilot program that is currently underway in four different California counties, persons who are convicted even for the first time of driving under the influence, can be required to have an alcohol ignition interlock system installed in their car. Under the current law, repeat offenders are required to have ignition interlock systems installed in the car, but the pilot program requires all motorists convicted of DWI, even those who are convicted of the very first time, to have these gadgets installed in the car.

An ignition interlock system detects the amount of alcohol that a motorist has in his system. If the gadget detects that the alcohol amount is greater than a preset limit, then the system shuts down the ignition, preventing the driver from operating the car. The increase in car accident fatalities related to alcohol use seems to indicate that there is a need to expand the program to cover the rest of the state.

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