Eliminating Alcohol-Impaired Driving: Support for NTSB Report

As truck accident attorneys, my associates and I actively support the National Transport Safety Board’s latest recommendations to eliminate alcohol-impaired driving. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) published a report earlier this month that documented its year-long study of alcohol-impaired driving and set out of a number of significant recommendations for addressing the problem.

The Cost of Alcohol-Impaired Driving

The NTSB report highlights the all too high cost of alcohol-related crashes on our highways. While the numbers of fatalities are down, they are still shockingly high. In 2011, 9,878 people died in alcohol-related crashes on our highways, down from 21,113  in 1982. During 2011, more than 27 people died every day in an alcohol-related crash.

The monetary costs of alcohol-related crashes are equally staggering. According to the NTSB report, the cost for such crashes in 2006 was $129.7 billion. Even in today’s economy, where “billion” and “trillion” are bantered about on news outlets, that figure is still a fantastically sizable sum.

NSTB Recommendations

Following its year-long study, the NTSB includes a number of suggested actions for eliminating alcohol-impaired driving. At Whiting Law Group, we support this approach: complete elimination of this dangerous practice should be the aim.

As stated in the NTSB report, the following actions were proposed:

  • Reducing the per se blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for all drivers,
  • Conducting high-visibility enforcement of impaired driving laws and incorporating passive alcohol sensing technology into enforcement efforts,
  • Expanding the use of in-vehicle devices to prevent operation by an impaired driver,
  • Using driving while intoxicated (DWI) courts and other programs to reduce recidivism by repeat DWI offenders, and
  • Establishing measurable goals for reducing impaired driving and tracking progress toward those goals.

The truck accident attorneys at Whiting Law Group, we are committed to supporting these recommendations to eradicate alcohol-impaired driving. As a member of the National Advisory Board for APITLA, I am make it a point to make sure that dangerous driving practices are addressed by a myriad of key organizations and stakeholders.

As an organization, APITLA — the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America — has pledged to work aggressively within the law through learning, legislation and litigation to achieve its mission of dramatically reducing the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths across America that are caused by those trucking companies who are unsafe.

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