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Drunk Driving Fatalities: Reaching Zero

Our firm aggressively represents clients and their families who suffer the pain and tragedy of injury caused by a drunk driver. While almost all accidents are caused by some kind of negligence, drunk driving accidents are tragic actions that follow bad decisions. Recently the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) took steps to bring that message home.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), 281 people were killed and more than 3,700 injured in alcohol-related collisions in our state in 2012. In an effort to bring down the rate of drunk driving fatalities across the country, the NTSB unveiled a report in May 2013 detailing recommendations to lower the current annual national rate of 10,000 impaired driving deaths to zero.

Recommendations from the report include:

  • The NTSB voted to lower the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from .08 percent to .05 percent. Recent studies show cognitive and physical impairment can occur with as low as .01 percent BAC. The vote stands as a standard, not a requirement, for each state legislature to consider when taking local legislative measures to reduce drunk driving.
  • Suggested efforts to reduce alcohol-related deaths include stepped-up law enforcement, specialized drunk driving courts, development of in-cab alcohol sensing devices, development of better monitoring and programs to rehabilitate drivers with multiple drunk driving offenses.

We are a strong voice against drunk driving in this community. Attorney Marks is a founding member of the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). If a drunk driver injures you or a loved one, talk to our firm. We can help.

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