When it comes to drunk driving accidents, there is no way to completely eliminate this problem. Even though people are familiar with the laws in place, some people still feel the urge to drink and then get behind the wheel.
Fortunately, there are strategies that have been proven effective in reducing drunk driving accidents. These have been outlined by The Guide to Community Preventive Services and have been proven effective by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Drunk driving laws. In short, laws are in place that make it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.
- DUI checkpoints. These allow law enforcement to stop vehicles at a particular point to check for driver impairment. If police believe a person is drunk, they can administer a breath test.
- Ignition interlock. This is used to measure a person's alcohol level before they are able to start their vehicle. It may not do any good on first-time offenders, but it can help those convicted of drunk driving avoid this behavior again in the future.
- Media campaigns. Spreading the message that drunk driving is dangerous is extremely important. This is why you will come across commercials, radio spots, and Internet ads discussing the dangers.
These strategies have been proven effective in reducing drunk driving accidents. Even so, they won't stop everybody from drinking and driving.
As a sober driver, you should do your best to pinpoint others who are driving drunk. From there, you can keep your distance and contact the proper authorities.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "What Works: Strategies to Reduce or Prevent Drunk Driving," accessed Nov. 23, 2015