How Alabama is Working to Reduce Drunk Driving and Provide Support to Victims
Attorney Jeff Hunter and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Alabama representative Pamela Morton recently joined NBC 12’s Alabama Live host Tonya Terry to discuss the dangers of drunk driving, changes in Alabama law and resources available to victims.
Alarmingly, more than 300,000 drunk driving incidents occur every day in the United States. Each incident has the risk of serious injury and death for those involved. In fact, every day, 29 people are killed by drunk driving, and it is the number one cause of death on the roadways.
Jeff explained the frustration with how drunk driving continues to occur across the nation, and innocent Americans are dying, despite drivers knowing the dangers and how to prevent it from occurring.
“As much as we talk about it, it doesn’t seem to get any better,” Jeff said.
It is almost as though people have become desensitized to these tragedies. However, the statistics represent real people, with families and hopes and dreams for the future.
As Tonya meaningfully stated, “We’re talking about people’s family members, their brothers, fathers, mothers, their children.”
How is Alabama Working Toward the Goal of Reducing Drunk Driving?
A main contributor to drunk driving accidents is drivers who repeatedly drive under the influence, putting themselves, passengers and other people on the roadways at risk.
Jeff explained that statistics show that a person drives drunk approximately 80 times before he or she is arrested for the first time. This is very unnerving to learn. However, Alabama has taken steps to address this issue by passing the Alabama Ignition Interlock Law.
Under this new law, which was passed on July 1, DUI offenders must install ignition interlock devices in their cars. The device functions as a breathalyzer that is connected to the car’s ignition. If a person’s BAC level registers above the legal limit, the car will not start.
MADD Alabama Provides Services to Victims’ Families and Survivors of Drunk Driving
Pamela Morton of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has seen the impacts of drunk driving firsthand through helping victims affected by these tragedies.
For those who have suffered losing a loved one to drunk driving, MADD offers a variety of services, including grief support, to help family members and friends cope during this difficult time.
“The devastation that it causes is irreparable,” Pamela said, which is why it is incredibly important to never drink and drive.
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