The consequences of driving under the influence (DUI) are known to every American. Many drivers, with otherwise clean records, after a DUI conviction suffer the results of their violation with an undermined reputation and loss of future career opportunities.
More than 10,000 individuals across the country die in car crashes related to drugged driving every year. DUI is dangerous, but preventable. This is why President Obama suggested devoting the month of December to the National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. He intended for the drivers to use this month to be responsible on the streets and highways and keep them safe.
In his proclamation of November 2014, when the month first received the status, President said,
“Reducing impaired driving and keeping our roadways safe is everyone’s responsibility. Parents and other caring adults can play an important role in educating young Americans about the dangers of impaired driving; adults can model good practices while driving and can help new drivers develop safe habits. This holiday season, all Americans can drive responsibly and encourage their loved ones to do the same, including by designating and sober driver or making alternative transportation arrangements.”
Multiple organizations on the national level investigated into the violations and consequences of drugged driving.
The National Transportation Safety Board researched that the drivers are in danger of getting into a car accident even before the alcohol concentration in the blood reaches the legal limit. The driver is in constant danger and by the time the alcohol concentration reaches the limit, the risks for the driver to get into the accident will double.
The Board also released 2015 Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements, where it urges for the measures against drugged driving and for its prevention, suggesting stricter laws, stronger enforcement and increased punishment for repeating offenses, more frequent use of ignition interlocks, and doctor consultations regarding the over-the counter and prescription drugs that can affect the driving ability.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted the National Roadside Survey in 2013-2014. The goal of the survey was to analyze how many drivers across the country take drugs, be it illegal, prescription drugs, or even such that can be purchased over the counter. The results proved to be devastating for the Administration: 22 percent of the drivers tested positive.
Drugged driving is an ongoing issue in the United States. The national organizations have to be involved in statistics, measures and analysis of the situation as well as work on prevention and maintaining the results. However, the efforts of the organizations on national level have to be coordinated with those on federal, state and local level. This is what the Administration has been doing.
At the federal level, ONDPC released the National Drug Control Strategy in 2015. This strategy seeks to raise awareness about the issue among the population, the enforcement organizations and to improve the means to identify the drivers and improve the drug testing quality. It also aims to obtain further data on the drugged driving-related statistics and educating and training law professionals.
Locally, companies suggest purchasing insurance solutions for the high-risk drivers. Select Insurance Group offers low-cost SR22 and FR44 insurance, non-owner coverage or insurance for a DIU-related offense, regardless of the previous driving history of the individual.
The government encourages individuals to promote responsible behavior on the road by driving responsibly, inspiring the drivers with the President Obama’s words,
“During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, let us pledge to always drive sober and alert and to avoid distractions behind the wheel. Together, we can help ensure all our people are able to enjoy the holiday spirit and make memories with those they care about while safeguarding the well-being of everyone on the road.”
Driving under the influence is considered the most common offense in the United States up until now. Some long-term consequences of DUIs can include driver’s license revocation, background checks, employment, auto insurance rates, personal or professional relationships, and scholarship programs. By keeping track of their alcohol level at all times, the drivers can prevent leaving an imprint on their reputation for their entire lives. It is every individual’s own responsibility to maintain their behavior in order not to damage the safety of others.
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