Keeping Louisiana Safe: A Look At Alcohol-Impaired Driving
Did you know that almost one in three traffic deaths in the United States involves a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher? More than 10,000 Americans die each year due to alcohol-impaired traffic incidents. Recent research coming from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that 25% of all crash deaths could be prevented each year if drivers with a BAC at or above 0.08 (the legal limit for most states) were kept off roadways.
Looking specifically at the state of Louisiana, roughly 30% of total driving fatalities are due to alcohol-impaired driving, which places our state higher than the national average. These traffic deaths also disproportionately affect Louisiana men compared to women. Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in male drivers are roughly three times more likely than female drivers.
Tested Strategies for Reduction of Alcohol-Impaired Driving
- Ignition Interlocks, which are required for all (including first-time) convicted offenders in the state of Louisiana, are preventative measure for driving while under the influence of alcohol. These devices function similarly to a typical breathalyzer and will prevent the driver from starting their vehicle if their BAC reads higher than the pre-set amount.
- School-based instructional programs are very effective in highlighting the dangers of drunk driving and teach teens not to ride with alcohol-impaired drivers.
- High-visibility saturation patrols entail police officers patrolling areas with higher incidence of alcohol-impaired driving collisions. With regular occurrence and adequate media coverage, these patrols can help reduce the likelihood that a driver get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.
Seeking Damages following Injury or Wrongful Death
Unfortunately, despite efforts to continue to reduce alcohol-impaired driving, you are not guaranteed safety from its impacts. If you, or someone you know, has been personally affected by a motor vehicle collision with another driver who was under the influence of alcohol, then you deserve compensation for all damages you have suffered. Seeking out legal assistance can be vital to the outcome of your case, and you will want attorneys who are well experienced in dealing with crashes resulting from alcohol impairment. That is why Rice & Kendig should be the office you call to handle your case. Call or text 318-222-2772 to schedule a free consultation.