Governor’s DUI Committee Focused on Raising Awareness about Drunk Driving Dangers in 2016

December 31, 2015

Governor’s DUI Committee Focused on Raising Awareness about Drunk Driving Dangers in 2016

Governor’s DUI Committee Focused on Raising Awareness about Drunk Driving Dangers in 2016

Oregon authorities who comprise the Governor’s Advisory Committee on DUII are gearing up to crackdown on impaired drivers in the coming years, with their first order of business being to convene next week to discuss “legislative concepts” for the New Year.

This committee, which includes public officials and leaders from private industry, is focused on heightening “public awareness of the seriousness of the drunk driving problem” while generating “public support for increased enforcement of state and local drunk-driving laws.”

In light of our recent blog on the surge in traffic accident deaths so far in 2015 – and in of light of the following impaired driving statistics, this anti-drunk driving focus for 2016 may be a timely move towards enhancing public safety on the roads – and to stopping traffic deaths that are 100 percent preventable.

Crash Statistics Reveal Deadly Dangers of Drunk Driving

According to authorities at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • From 1999 to 2008 in Oregon, deadly traffic crashes that involved alcohol impairment increased by nearly 2 percent despite the fact that the overall number of fatal crashes in the state declined by about 0.5 percent.
  • Across the U.S., drunk driving kills at least 27 people – and injures at least 720 others – in the U.S. every day.
  • Although rates of drunk driving in the U.S. have been slowly declining since around 2007, drugged driving (particularly driving under the influence of marijuana) has been on the rise, increasing about 20 percent over the past 8 years.
  • Drivers’ abilities to make reasonable judgments and safely control vehicles starts slipping at BACs as low as 0.02, which for some motorists can occur with just one or two alcoholic beverages.

Elaborating on officials’ perspective on the dangers of impaired driving, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has stated:

In the time it takes to watch a two-hour movie, two or more lives will be lost in drunk-driving related crashes. Drunk driving doesn’t just happen. It’s a decision people make. A decision to break the law can bring with it fatal consequences.

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