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December designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

| Dec 14, 2017 | Drunk Driving (DUI)

In Virginia and throughout the rest of the county, multiple accidents per day are caused by drinking alcohol and driving, and many of them are fatal. In order to reduce the incidents of impaired driving deaths and injuries, the White House proclaimed on Nov. 30 that the month of December would be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The proclamation aims to encourage drivers to make the right choice and only drive while sober.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, alcohol was a factor in more than 60 percent of traffic fatalities in the United States. Since that time, states, municipalities and the federal government have made an effort to reduce this figure through new laws and harsher criminal penalties. Despite major improvement over the last few decades, alcohol remains a factor in 28 percent of traffic fatalities as of 2016.

The White House stated that it’s committed to reducing drunk driving that affects millions of Americans every year. The administration urged everyone, including high-tech companies, schools, churches, communities, families and individuals, to educate each other about impaired driving prevention. The administration also promised to provide vital resources to law enforcement agencies so that officials can keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe on the road.

As a result of this proclamation and other law enforcement efforts to reduce impaired driving, individuals accused of DUI can expect heightened prosecution of the law. Those who have been subject to an alcohol arrest have constitutional rights, and it’s the responsibility of a DUI attorney to protect them. Penalties for drunk driving can be intense in Virginia, making representation vital during every phase of criminal processing.