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NTSB wants to eliminate substance-impaired driving

Posted by Craig Penrod | Feb 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Critical changes needed in the state of Arizona in order to reduce transportation accidents and save lives.

In Tempe, Phoenix or other communities in Maricopa County, it is important that you consult experienced Arizona DUI lawyers like those associated with the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.

More people die on our highways than in any other type of transportation accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 90 percent, 33,561 in 2012, of all transportation-related deaths were motor vehicle related. Because they involved drugs or alcohol-impaired driving, many of these deaths were preventable. In 2012 in the United States, more than 10,000 deaths, or 31 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities, involved a driver who was impaired by alcohol. In the past ten years, more than 119,000 people have died in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), impairment does not begin when the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of a person reaches 0.05 or 0.08 percent. NTSB asserts that impairment begins with the first drink of alcohol. Additionally, the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 14 percent of drivers, one out of seven drivers, admit to driving when they aware that they were close to or over the legal BAC limit.

Impaired driving does not involve only alcohol. The use of drugs also affects your ability to drive safely. Illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs can provide impairment side effects, which affect each person in a different manner. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 10.3 million people admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs during 2013. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in 2009, 3,952 drivers who were fatally-injured tested positive for drugs.

According to NTSB, technology may be the best method for preventing and detecting substance-impaired driving. The use of passive alcohol sensors may be helpful in identifying dangerous drivers. NTSB also suggested that ignition interlock devices (IID) may prevent impaired persons from driving a vehicle.

The NTSB issued a review in May 2013, that included 19 new and reiterated safety recommendations calling for:

  • Reducing the per se BAC limit for all drivers to 0.05 or lower;
  • Incorporating passive alcohol sensing technology into high visibility enforcement efforts;
  • Expanding the use of in-vehicle devices to prevent operation by an impaired driver;
  • Developing best practices for DUI courts and using other programs to reduce recidivism by repeat DUI offenders; and
  • Establishing measurable goals for reducing impaired driving and tracking progress toward those goals.

It is important that your DUI legal situation should be handled by expert professionals with the experience possessed by the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C. Our office offers free consultations for all DUI and criminal matters. Our Arizona DUI attorneys and Arizona criminal lawyers can provide you with the experience and knowledge needed for qualified representation. An experienced Arizona DUI lawyer is vital in DUI cases and our DUI attorneys set that standard. If you're in need of a criminal defense, our Arizona criminal attorneys are ready to assist you.

About the Author

Craig Penrod

Craig W. Penrod was born and raised in Arizona and has practiced criminal defense for over 30 years. Mr. Penrod is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, State of Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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