What is the best defense against a drunk driver?


In Minnesota, 387 people died in traffic crashes last year and 21 percent, or 81 people, were in crashes involving drunk drivers.

 On average, 70 people per day were arrested for driving while intoxicated. Obviously, it is important to be a defensive driver.

The best defense against a drunk driver is to wear your seatbelt. In a crash the seat belt keeps you secure inside your vehicle. People do not survive being slammed against the windshield or being ejected from the car.

The second best defense is to report drunk driving. Call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide the location, the license plate number of the vehicle and the observed dangerous behavior.

 A third defense is to never be a passenger in a vehicle with an alcohol or drug impaired driver. Every parent of a teen driver needs to talk about techniques for getting out of a car being driven by an impaired driver, including “Please pull over and let me out, I’m about to throw up.”

Between now and Labor Day extra police officers are on the roads watching specifically for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. A DWI offense can result in the loss of a license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.

 Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license.

 Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Source: Albert Lea Tribune


Last updated on: 2014-09-07 | Link to this post