In 2009, there were just under 11,000 Americans killed in drunk driver motor vehicle crashes. It’s significant that 3,000 folks in the U.S. are killed each year by repeat offender drunk drivers. Unfortunately, Alabama is one of the states that doesn’t do enough to prevent first-time offenders from becoming repeat offenders. Lawyers in our firm who handle litigation involving motor vehicle crashes know firsthand that drunk drivers are a real problem in our state. We would like to see Alabama become a real leader in eliminating drunk driving to the fullest extent possible.
The Alabama Legislature should pass legislation to eradicate repeat-offender violations, injuries and deaths through the mandatory use of ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders. MADD has had a campaign to eliminate drunk driving and this has been a key part of the program. Hopefully the Legislators will make passage of this legislation a top priority for the Regular Session which starts this month.
In addition, the strictest prevention measures and the toughest enforcement of existing penalties should be used by law enforcement and the courts. Continuing to educate the public – and especially young folks – that drinking and driving will lead to serious consequences for offenders is also a necessity. All of us should support MADD’S efforts and get actively involved with them. The first place to start is in our homes and work places.
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