Automobile Accidents and Drunk Driving

Automobile accidents will always be a threat and an inconvenience to drivers. The website of attorneys Habush, Habush, and Rottier S.C. ® mentions that the most common causes for car accidents are driver error, reckless driving, speeding, mechanical malfunction, and highway defects. All of these potential causes become even more liable to happen when the driver has been drinking.

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), thus far in 2013, 40% of all traffic deaths in Texas are related to drunk driving. Additionally in 2013, Texas has spent $5.7 billion so far on drunk driving accidents. Drunken driving accidents are extremely expensive for those involved. People sustaining injuries could face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills as well as complicated with their insurance policies.

With the intention of curbing the amount of drunken driving incidents, the country-wide initiative of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” was launched. The program works to monitor the roads especially heavily during times and holiday seasons when people are known to drink more than usual. According to the MADD website, one of the most effective strategies for catching drunk drivers is sobriety checkpoints. Sobriety checkpoints serve as an effective preventative measure since they remove drunk drivers from the roadways before they can cause any damage.

In the recent past, devices called Ignition Interlocks were approved for use. Ignition Interlocks are often distributed to people with DUI’s. In order for a past offender they must blow into the Interlock device before their car will start. The device measures sobriety and keeps drivers off of the road if their blood alcohol level is unacceptable. In addition to the Ignition Interlock technology, two new technologies are being studied and developed in cars. One technology would be able to detect blood alcohol through the driver touching a sensor while the other would be able to isolate the air exhaled by only the driver. Both of these new technologies are exciting developments in improving roadway safety for drivers and passengers.