There are few crimes as heinous, preventable and cruel as the injuries and deaths that are a direct result of drunk driving. According to statistics, drunk driving incidents will cause an injury to someone every two minutes. In addition, someone will die every 30 minutes due to a drunk driver. Every single accident, car/property damage, injury and/or death that comes as a result of drunk driving is preventable. Car accidents cannot be prevented, but impaired drivers getting on the road and putting themselves or other people in danger must be stopped.
No one escapes free from a drunk driving incident. The injured party may carry a disability for the rest of their life, or they may have drawn their last breath. The person driving under the influence is likely to find him/herself in a lot of trouble with the law, and carrying a huge burden of guilt and shame forever.
Law enforcement is as strict about drunk driving as it has ever been. There are severe consequences to being caught driving with an illegal blood alcohol concentration. This BAC can be determined through a breathalyzer. Police officers will pull over drivers they are suspicious about, and order them to take the test. Their BAC is instantly determined, and the results are used in court when sentencing takes place.
If you are involved in a drunk driving accident, you can be certain that police will take your BAC when you are questioned at the accident site. 0.08 is the legal limit to which a person can drink and continue to drive. If you are over this limit (usually 2-3 drinks) then you are going to be in serious legal trouble. Anything from fines, loss of license, jail time, and/or community service can follow as a result of DUI/DWI cases. These are not going to be petty fines or minimal community service hours. Drunk drivers are hit the hardest by the law, even if they are underage.
Drunk drivers are treated with zero tolerance policies. There are no “first time offenders” style lenient sentences for drunk driving. Underage drunk drivers are treated with even greater force by the police. It is possible that you could lose your license for one to three years, and be charged with jail time. Kids who are 16 or 17 will almost definitely be tried as an adult if they are brought up on DUI/DWI charges.
Even a simple refusal to take a breathalyzer test can result in charges being brought against drivers. Unless you want to pay thousands of dollars in lawyer fees and attend community service/drivers education classes, it is imperative to never drive when you are intoxicated.
Get Help Today
If you know someone who drives drunk, or if you have gotten behind the wheel after drinking, you need to seek help immediately. Inpatient treatment is a great way to get over any dependence you may be feeling towards alcohol. Many people refuse to recognize their problems, and say that they will get better on their own. This method rarely produces results. If you made the decision to drink excessively and drive in the recent present, it is likely that you will do the same again. If you were not caught in that instance, you will be caught the next time. Or, God forbid, you will cause serious harm to yourself and/or someone else.
Those individuals who have a drinking problem should stop driving altogether. Get a friend or family member to drive you wherever you need to go, or take public transport. Until you can seek help at an in patient center, and be certain that you are not going to be tempted to drink, you are a liability behind the wheel.
Half of the drivers who were killed in a car crash last year had either drugs or alcohol in their system. One third of drunk drivers who get convicted turn out to be repeat offenders. In 2011 alone, 226 children were killed in a drunk driving incident. About half of those kids were in the car with a drunk driver. Unless you want to become part of these statistics, it is vital that you get help today.