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Steps taken by agencies to prevent drunk driving accidents

Nearly everyone recognizes that drunk driving is a problem across our state and our country. With thousands of people hurt and killed each year in alcohol-related accidents, many local, state, and federal agencies are working on ways to curtail these oftentimes deadly incidences. Some of these efforts have been labeled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as effective, while others are still being researched.

There are several effective measures. Enforcing current drunk driving limits (currently at .o8 percent BAC), zero tolerance laws, and underage drinking regulations is one way to reduce drunk driving accidents. Additionally, the utilization of sobriety checkpoints, implementation of mandatory substance abuse treatment for drunk driving offenders, raising taxes on alcohol, and community health promotion are considered effective. So, too, is stripping offenders of their driver's license.

There are a few measures that may help prevent even more drunk driving accidents from occurring, but need additional research. Amongst these are reducing the legal limit to a BAC of .05 percent and requiring BAC testing when an auto accident causes injury. Perhaps with further research backing these measures, they will be implemented to help keep drunk drivers off the road and ensure the safety of other motorists.

Until then, though, Tennessee's drivers will continue to be put at unnecessary risk of harm by intoxicated motorists. This is unfair, unacceptable, and, unfortunately, all too often unavoidable. So, those who have suffered serious injuries caused by a drunk driver may want to take matters into their own hands. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, a victim can fight for the compensation he or she needs to recoup damages and work to try to ensure that the intoxicated driver who harmed him or her is punished to the fullest extent provided under civil law.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts" accessed on June 12, 2015

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