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Strategy to Put Brakes on Driving Under Alcohol Influence
Some of the common statements from a person who is under the influence of alcohol and believes
that he can perfectly drive a car are – “No, I am absolutely fine, just give me the keys; it’s not
possible that I can’t drive when drunk; I drive better when I am drunk.” The irony is that it is his
impaired senses that makes him come up with such statements.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 28 people die every day in the United States
in motor vehicle crashes involving drunk driving, which also causes one death every 53 minutes.
Moreover, 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2014 which were nearly one-third
(31 percent) of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S.
In the U.S., drivers are
considered to be alcoholimpaired when their
concentration (BAC) is .08
grams per deciliter (g/dL)
or higher. With the
increasing incidence of
alcohol-induced crashes,
some strategy needs to
be worked on to
overcome the problem.
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
measures that have been
recommended by the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration finds them to be effective. Some of the strategies outlined by the CDC are:

Laws for curbing drunk driving: As per the U.S. laws, a person with a BAC equal to or above
0.08 percent is not allowed to drive. A person below the age of 21 with any measurable
amount of alcohol is also not allowed to drive. These norms are to be followed in all the 50
states and the District of Columbia. The laws have proved to be effective in checking
crashes related to alcohol-impaired driving. With stricter adherence, the number of such
crashes can be further brought down.

Ignition interlocks: Ignition interlocks are installed in cars to measure a driver’s BAC. A car
would not start unless the driver blows into the interlock that is connected to the vehicle’s
ignition. Usually, the BAC is set at the minimum of 0.02 percent. Such ignition locks are

helpful for repeat offenders and also for people charged with driving under the influence
(DUI). Though all states have implemented the ignition interlock program, only one-fifth of
those arrested under driving while intoxicated (DWI) have used these locks.

Sobriety checkpoints: Sobriety checkpoints are essential for reducing driving-related
crashes. Security checkpoints in several areas, especially before accident-prone areas, can
help a police officer stop a car and monitor the driver’s alcohol impairment. The CDC said
that such sobriety checkpoints reduce drunk driving accidents by 9 percent.

License revocation or suspension laws: The state administration should use license
revocation and suspension laws for anyone who is found driving in an impaired condition
or who refuses to undergo alcohol testing. The police should be allowed to impound the
licenses of those who flout the BAC norms. The states can further decide the timeline for
suspending the license.

School-based instructional programs: With a rise in teenage alcoholism in the U.S., incidents
of drunk driving are also growing. School-based instructional programs about the effects
of drunk driving can help students learn the intricacies of drinking alcohol, driving drunk or
riding with a drunk driver.

Mass media campaigns: Mass media campaigns have always played an important role in
generating awareness about a particular issue. Drunk driving is an issue that needs
immediate attention as many lives are lost in drunk driving crashes. Campaigns and
strategies to prevent impaired driving are the most effective methods to dissuade people
from driving when drunk.

Avoiding drunk driving can save innocent lives
In 2014, over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or
narcotics. Unfortunately, that is nearly 1 percent of the 121 million self-reported episodes of drunk
driving among U.S. adults each year, according to the CDC.
Alcohol rehab centers in Florida provide customized treatments for alcohol addiction. If you or your
loved one is addicted to alcohol and you are looking for alcohol treatment centers in Florida, the
Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline can connect you to one of the best alcohol rehabs in Florida.
You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-220-5381 to know more about alcohol rehabilitation
in Florida.

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