DUI means driving under influence mainly under drugs or alcohol. For many countries dui has become a headache. More and more people are becoming addict to drugs or alcohol. This is mainly because they are not able to bear their life problems. Drugs will make people different and they donít know what they are doing when drug is used. Every year around the globe about seventy thousand people are dying due to dui accidents.
Effects of DUI driving on society
About 30% percent of accidents occurring in US are due to dui mainly drunk driving. About one- third American population, at point in their lives, will be involved in alcohol related car accident. When a driver is drunk, he will fall asleep while driving. If a driver falls asleep, many things can happen, if his legs are on gas pedal, speed will increase then vehicle will hit another vehicle or get into opposite direction cause accident or hit pedestrians. Drunk drivers cannot perceive the distance between the vehicles, mostly between their vehicle and other vehicle. Because of this reason they will hit the vehicle in front of them or alongside. Another major problem is that DUI drivers cannot correctly interpret the traffic signs. Most traffic sign related problem is that dui drivers enter into one way roads because they canít see the sign clearly. Some drunk and drivers in remote areas think that they drive vehicles because there are no other vehicles in the road. But they forget that their vehicle can hit with trees, rocks, power lines, houses etc. DUI drivers are not only risk to themselves but to other drivers also. Percentage of alcohol related crashes increased. About 66% involved in alcohol impaired driving during midnight and 3 am. More 200 children were killed due to drunk driving. Most alcohol-related crashes happened at night, usually during the weekends (72 percent).
In 2010, there was about 31% traffic fatalities due to drunk driving. In Pennsylvania alone around 12,426 drunk drive accidents occurred. Drivers who died in drunk drivers accidents were ranging from 16-20. Nearly 70% percentage drivers involved in drunk drivers were male.
Due to increase in drunk and driving accident, National transportation safety board (NTSB) in May 2013, has decided to reduce the limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while driving. Earlier BAC was .08% but it will be lowered to .05%. My friend, a attorney in Omaha, he is best Omaha dui defense attorney, he said if accident due to drunk and drive continues even after BAC is reduced then it will be lowered to zero.
If every states accepts the latest recommendation. It would be illegal to drive below .05BAC. Alcohol absorption varies from person to person and from day to day. If the country accepts the new recommendations, an average person for example 170 pound can consume only two drinks within one hour before reaching .05 BAC limit. The number of drink can change based on different factors like gender, weight, type of alcohol and food consumed.
This means not to avoid drinks but you should control. Here are few tips,
ē Plan the events or festive: Plan everything whether for festive, party or any other events. Book taxi or cab on the eve of the event or designate driver for your car. Stop drinking one hour before party going to end. Intake plenty of soda or water. It is also good idea to intake lots of food or fruits to buffer the effect of alcohol in your blood stream.
ē Buy taxis or cab: Get a taxi for those who are incapable of driving after drinking.
ē Ring to 9-11 for those whom you think drunk drivers: If you suspect a driver is drunk and driving rashly call 9-11. Donít hesitate to call 9-11.
People can drink, no problem but donít cause problem to other people.
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Thomas M. Petersen graduated from Creighton Law School with honors in 1994 and is engaged in the private practice of criminal defense law in Omaha, Nebraska.
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