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Three Important Points About DUIs and DWIs

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You’ve probably had some experience learning about drunk driving statistics — maybe your Driver’s Ed class had to watch an “educational” video that was really just meant to terrify you, or maybe your high school had a “day of silence” and an assembly to honor the victims of drunk driving accidents. Even now, DWI statistics often dominate news channels and media outlets when a particularly bad car accident occurs. But some statistics are ignored more than others…

Between 1982 and 2012, there was a 64% decrease in fatal car accidents that involved someone driving while intoxicated. American agencies first started keeping track of these fatalities in 1982, according to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, so it’s unknown if the fatality rate was higher in earlier years. Nevertheless, 20 years of proactive monitoring is a fairly short time.

About one-third of all people arrested for driving while intoxicated are repeat offenders. In other words, about 33% of all drunk drivers have been caught before, have been punished for driving while intoxicated (usually with a fine and/or jail time), and didn’t learn their lesson. Instead of simply sending DWI offenders to jail, many DWI attorneys attempt to get their clients into proactive rehabilitation programs. As more people begin to see the benefits of these controlled programs, perhaps that one-third will drop even lower — and perhaps it will give more people a second chance to make better decisions.

An estimated 10 million people in the U.S. drove under the influence of illegal drugs in 2012. A great deal of attention is given to people who drive while intoxicated, but we often forget that DUI means “driving under the influence,” and it can mean the influence of both alcohol and drugs. It’s often easier to detect alcohol in a person’s system, simply by looking at them or talking to them, and someone under the influence of illegal drugs may pass sobriety field tests and breathalyzer tests without a problem. By focusing on alcohol impairments alone, millions of dangerous drivers go unnoticed.

Drunk driving is never a good idea, no matter how far you have to drive or how well you “handle your liquor.” But few people decide to get drunk or high, and get into a car, and cause serious harm to others. The majority of drunk drivers made a mistake and they learned their lesson. Yes, it may be a costly and time-consuming lesson, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. This is a great source for more.

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