Drunk driving is a serious problem both here in Louisiana and throughout the U.S. Data collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2014 showed that police arrested as many as 1.1 million motorists for driving under the influence (DUI) that year. Another study, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2013 showed that an astounding 28.7 million motorists admitted to operating their vehicle after consuming alcohol. The shocking drunk driving trends don't stop there either.
Drinking alcohol has a drastic impact on your body, and it happens in a very short time. The initial buzz can actually feel invigorating. You may feel more social or like you have more energy. People often continue to drink because they think they can get back a buzz that they have lost or make that buzz better.
Wrong-way accidents keep happening, year after year, and they're often on the interstate. To those who use the highway system, this can be a bit perplexing. There are many signs warning drivers not to go the wrong direction, and all of the on-ramps are set up so that it would be hard to make a mistake. And yet people do. Why is this?
The holidays are traditionally a great time for people to get together, but they also make for the perfect recipe for drinking and driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that someone dies in an alcohol-related accident every 48 minutes in the U.S.
The shock of being struck by another vehicle can seem almost surreal. When you're in this position, it can be hard to think about everything you need to do. One of the most important things is to contact emergency services to have the police and paramedics come to the scene. Once the officer arrives, they will try to determine what caused the crash. If they have reason to believe that a drunk driver caused the wreck, they will take steps to determine if that's the case.
Law enforcement officers are routinely on the lookout for drunk motorists. They don't always get the opportunity to stop them before they cause a crash, though. Police officers find themselves performing field sobriety tests at the scene of an accident instead. Police officers generally haul motorists away for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing if they fail those. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that there are subtle differences in how BACs impact motorists.
Drunk driving wrecks are fully preventable because the driver didn't have to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, innocent people are injured and killed every day by impaired drivers. It's imperative that anyone who is drinking alcohol understands the ways that it can affect their ability to drive safely.
Drunk drivers claim far too many lives each year. In fact, one out of every three fatal vehicle crashes has impairment as a named factor. Anyone who is on the road and sees signs of a drunk driver should try to remain away from that vehicle and alert the authorities, so they can determine what's going on with the driver. Unfortunately, many people make the decision to drive drunk, and innocent people are often the victims of that choice.
Across the United States, it's illegal to drive a vehicle if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher. While most people make sure that they have not drunk any alcohol before getting behind the wheel, unfortunately, it's the case that some put other people's lives at risk by driving while drunk.
A 20-year-old man from Baton Rouge is sitting in the East Baton Rouge Jail on multiple charges related to a recent motor vehicle crash.