Driving under the influence, and the injuries sustained thru it is a big headache and cost a lot of dollars, time, inconveniences and lives as well. That is why government regulations are in place as to control the issue and to lessen the incidence of DUI and injuries sustained thru it. What is often referred to as driving under the influence of alcohol or otherwise known as DUI is the act of operating a vehicle after having consumed alcohol, or other drugs to a degree that the mental and the motor skills of the driver will be impaired. Right now all the 50 states in the US and Puerto Rico apply two statutory offenses to driving under the influence of alcohol. The first and considered as the original offense is known either as the driving under the influence DUI, driving while intoxicated DWI or could be operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The offense if of course based upon the observation of the police officer with regards to the driver’s behavior, speech and the result of the roadside sobriety test. The second statutory offense is called the illegal per se that is driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.
Offenses such as these are closely monitored since driving under the influence and drunk driving causes a number of injuries and cost lives at times. Just how serious is this issue and how important it is to monitor drivers on the road? Just imagine these figures that I researched on the net. In 2006, there were 13,470 fatalities in crashes that involves alcohol-impaired driver. That driver that’s involved in those accidents have been found to have BAC of 0.08 percent or higher! This figure accounts to 32 percent of the total traffic fatalities for 2006. There were 16,005 people killed in the United States in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and the drivers of these vehicles had BAC of 0.01 or higher. The 13,470 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities for 2006 were almost the same if you compare it to the 13,451 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities that are reported in 1996. This only means that the 10 year progress has yielded the same results and it seems that the campaigns and the rules set up by the government and other institutions have failed. It is for this reason that in order to curb drunk driving-related injuries, laws should be really enforced, public information drive and participation should be done and of course, private entities should also do its share. Thankfully, there is one auto manufacturer that takes drunk-driving and drunk-driving related injuries seriously. That’s Nissan. So how does Nissan fits in the picture? What is Nissan’s role in all this?