Louisiana Passes Laws to Help Reduce Drunk Driving Accidents

Posted on Aug 1 , 2012
Thanks to education and law enforcement efforts, the amount of alcohol-related automobile accidents is declining in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the amount of people injured because of alcohol-related crashes in the state has decreased by 17 percent in the last five years, and there has been a 34 percent decrease in the amount of people who have been killed in these accidents. However, there is more work to be done, experts say, because Louisiana still ranks in the top ten when it comes to accident-related automobile fatalities. In order to help solve this problem, state legislators have recently passed laws designed to crack down on drunk drivers. Under these new laws:
  • Someone who has been convicted of two DWIs in one year will be sentenced to 30 days in prison and be required to attend a substance abuse program
  • Law enforcement officers will be allowed to use multiple tests in order to determine if a driver is impaired
  • Those who have three DWIs will be required to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicle and will have restrictions put on their driver's license for 45 days
These measures have been signed by Governor Bobby Jindal.

The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

In the United States, someone dies from a drunk driving accident every 48 minutes. Although many people believe that they have to be drunk in order for alcohol to affect their ability to drive, people can become impaired by drinking as few as one or two beers. In fact, drinking three beers can result in a blood alcohol level of .08 and make a driver eleven times more likely to be involved in a car accident, causing injury or death to passengers, other motorists or pedestrians.

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