Most of us are aware of the dangers and prevalence of drunk driving. The practice causes countless car accidents in Maryland every year, even though the laws are very clear about the penalties drivers face if they're convicted of DUI. We tend to hear less about drivers under the influence of drugs, but they're out there, and unfortunately, they cause plenty of crashes, too.
Each year, car accidents caused by drunk drivers take a terrible toll on Maryland families.
Driving while intoxicated presents a grave danger to people on Maryland roads. Nearly 11,000 people are killed each year in the United States as a result of alcohol-related automobile accidents, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That figure representing about one in every three traffic fatalities.
We noted in a prior blog post (August 30) the startling admission from 17 million Americans that they are not deterred from driving even when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher.
Perhaps all the recent ado concerning the impairing effects of driving while drowsy is overstated. After all, the more celebrated killer on American roadways - the drunk driver - is responsible for a fatality in one of every three car accidents he or she is involved in.
After having a few drinks, most Americans thankfully choose not to drive. Over 17 million of them do, however, even when they have a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent, which renders them legally drunk.
Reducing car accidents throughout Maryland is the explicit goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce, a DWI/DUI enforcement campaign officially launched on August 24 by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, safety advocates and law enforcement officials. The program is a six-month initiative that combines dissemination of safe-driving information to the public with increased use of saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints aimed at identifying and prosecuting drunk drivers.