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?
There’s a news entry out there that caught my attention, and this is in relation with my latest post about DUI. The news story revealed that people from Wisconsin drive under the influence of alcohol, or at least admit to it- at a higher rate if compared with the residents of the other states. Based on a federal study, more than 26 percent of Wisconsin adults 18 and older recently told government researchers that they had driven under the influence the past year. This percentage from Wisconsin among states. The same survey also found out that the national average was pegged at 15.1 percent. The study that was conducted on DUI was found consistent with a number of data on drinking in the state. Wisconsin, based on the figures are among the country’s leaders in per-person consumption of alcohol and has the country’s lowest abstention rate as well. The 26.4 percent rate of driving under the influence that was registered by Wisconsin was almost three times that of Utah- the state with the lowest percentage.
So if Wisconsin finished on top of the survey, what other states figured prominently at the top? Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota joined Wisconsin in the list. Based on the survey, 23 percent of Nebraska motorists have driven under the influence. But some people aren’t taken by surprise by these findings. Fred Zwonechek of Nebraska’s Highway Safety;
Alcohol consumption is part of the culture in Nebraska and other upper-Midwestern states. Unfortunately, we pay some pretty significant prices for that.
If the northern states are known for higher percentages of drunk driving, then the opposite is true for southern states. States like Virginia, Arkansas and Kentucky have the lowest figures. Utah has the least.
The data was based from a combined results of surveys that was conducted in 2004, 2005 and 2006 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This agency is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. In all 127,283 drivers were surveyed nationwide.
DUI or driving under the influence is a serious matter, that a number of regulations are set in place in order to control this from happening. But then no matter how many laws the institutions set up, the number of DUI arrests continue to rise. Prominent personalities like the members of the entertainment world are the usual suspects when it comes to DUI arrests. Starlets have been charged with this, served a sentence or a probation or fined a little and after that, they are back to their old ways. But what is DUI and needs to be highly regulated? This is defined as operating a vehicle after having consumed an alcohol or drugs to a degree that the mental and the motor skills are impaired, which in turn can lead to accidents on and off the roads. Right now, all 50 states have two statutory offenses. The first one is the traditional offense called driving under the influence of alcohol- that’s DUI, driving while intoxicated DWI or operating while impaired OWI. The second is the more recent illegal per se offense of driving with blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent. It is also a criminal offense in all states to drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or DUID or under the influence of both. These are but general laws and there are specific regulations that address these things. In fact, some states may have additional rules in place that will address these kinds of issues on the road. What matters most is the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of these two is a serious threat to safety of every one on the road. That is why government has worked double time to set laws and regulations in place. For a better understanding of drunk driving laws, then this site is a big help.