Seeing a driver who is clearly in some way impaired is one of the most frightening experiences you can have while traveling on a Pennsylvania roadway. To drive safely, a motorist must have full possession of his or her faculties. Alcohol and drugs can seriously diminish one’s judgment and motor skills, making the possibility of causing a serious accident that much more likely.
According to information found on the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles’ website, 30 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities are related to the use of alcohol. However, in spite of the dangers of drinking and driving, police are still making tens of thousands of DUI arrests annually. Making matters worse, there has been an increase in the number of charges levied against drug-impaired drivers.
The penalties for these serious infractions can vary based on the defendant’s blood alcohol concentration and if he or she has prior DUI convictions. Traffic fines alone can reach up to $10,000 with a host of other expenses as well as the possibility of the cancellation of insurance.
One method that has proven somewhat effective at keeping drunk drivers off the road is requiring those who have received a second or subsequent DUI conviction to have ignition interlock systems installed in their vehicles. These devices prevent drivers who have been using alcohol from starting their cars.
In spite of all the dangers and the possible penalties, some people still choose to get behind the wheel while impaired. It seems certain that there will be more tragic incidents on our state’s roads.
Intoxicated drivers should be held accountable for their reckless behavior. If you or a family member have been involved in an accident with a drunk or otherwise impaired driver, a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney may be able to help you pursue justice and compensation.