Friday, August 17, 2012

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: National Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown

4th grader's submission for CT Highway Safety Poster Contest.
There are currently 119 freeway construction projects in District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura Counties), with the majority of them in the Los Angeles area.  Additionally, Caltrans maintenance crews are working alongside the roadway daily, that means motorists must Slow For the Cone and Move Over one lane within a work zone.  Unfortunately, when motorists drive drunk, they may injure or kill themselves, other motorists, passengers, and the workers within the zone.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is illegal in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.  Despite these laws, in 2010 more than 10,000 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was impaired. 

On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America.  But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways.

Violators face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.