Drunk drivers risk the lives of motorists in TX

Legislation should address the alarming number of drunk drivers in Texas who take the lives of innocent people.

People in Dallas may enjoy having a few drinks with dinner or when spending a night out on the town. However, when people choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking, the results could be catastrophic. Drunk drivers increase the risk of a tragic motor vehicle accident, and risk the lives of innocent people on the road.

The facts

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,967 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents across the country in 2014. In addition, during just the first nine months of 2015, there was a 9.3 percent rise in the number of people killed in traffic accidents across the country. Texas leads the nation in the number of drunk driving fatalities in 2015, with a total of 1,446 deaths. Those fatalities accounted for over 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state in 2015.

Keeping drunk drivers off the street

Although Texas has several laws in place in an attempt to keep people from drinking and driving, many believe that the regulations could be stronger. MADD reported that up to 75 percent of people who have been convicted of drinking and driving and have had their driver's licenses suspended as a result, still manage to drive. A number of states have implemented laws requiring all DUI offenders to use ignition interlock devices in their vehicles as a way to keep them from getting back out on the road. These devices render the offender's vehicle unusable if the driver blows a breath alcohol content level that is above a preset limit, which is usually 0.02 percent. Interlock devices been shown to be effective at reducing the drunk driving fatality rate in states that require their use for all convicted offenders.

One devastating case caused by a woman's poor decision to drive while drunk, took the life of a 5-year-old girl and injured six passengers. The woman was charged with assault and intoxicated manslaughter after she ran her car into a power pole while traveling at a high rate of speed. According to The Dallas Morning News, the children were not secured in safety seats, which may have increased the severity of the injuries.

Finding answers

If you have been involved in a drunk driving auto accident, you may be suffering from serious injuries, emotional trauma, extensive property damage or you may have even lost a loved one. It can be difficult to know where to turn during such a devastating time. An attorney in Dallas may be able to answer your legal questions regarding the case, and may help you find resolve after experiencing a tragic accident.