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Harsh drunk driving laws have lead to safer roads

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It has been observed that a crack down on drunk driving with harsh laws has lead to safer roads. In view of the tragically high rate of serious injuries and deaths associated with drunk driving this is significant.


New traffic laws have lead to a lowering of crash fatalities

The implementation of new traffic laws has lead to a lowering of fatalities, ambulance calls, and hospital admissions for road trauma reported the American Journal of Public Health. In this study the researchers investigated the public health benefits which are seen with traffic laws which target speeding and drunk drivers.

It was observed that within the 2 years after the implementation of the new harsher laws to deal with drunk driving there were significant decreases seen in fatal crashes, hospital admissions, and ambulance calls for road trauma.

Laws which call for immediate sanctions for dangerous drivers can decrease road trauma

It was assumed by the researchers that the very large decrease in alcohol associated fatal crashes is probably primarily the result of a decrease in drinking and driving due to new laws. It has been suggested by these findings that laws which call for immediate sanctions for dangerous drivers can decrease road trauma and therefore should be supported.

Stronger drunk driving laws leads to roads which are safer

Essentially it has been concluded that stronger drunk driving laws really does lead to roads which are safer reports The University of British Columbia. This study was done in British Columbia where changes to laws against driving while someone is impaired have decreased fatal crashes as well as ambulance calls and hospital admissions which have been the result of motor vehicle crashes

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The researchers came to the conclusion that harsher penalties for impaired driving and speeding which were instituted by the British Columbia government in September 2010 decreased crashes associated with drinking and driving. The decreases in automobile crashes, crash associated hospital admissions and crash associated ambulance calls were significant.

Lead author Jeffrey Brubacher, associate professor of Emergency Medicine at UBC, said these findings add to the increasing evidence that the new laws, although controversial to many people, have been associated with noticeable improvements in road safety. It is hoped other locations will follow British Columbia's lead in implementing similar laws which are specifically designed to deter dangerous driving.

Under these new laws first time offenders with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05 per cent to .08 per cent will be punished by:

1: Having their driver’s license suspended for three days

2: Paying a $600 fine

3: At the discretion of police have their vehicle impounded for three days

There are even stiffer penalties ford drivers with a BAC higher than .08 per cent.

Imagine your teen son or daughter leaving home on a sunny Saturday afternoon in the family car to take a ride by the park in your neighborhood and being hit head on by a drunk driver. Within a split second disaster has struck as ambulance sirens are heard and you receive an emergency call that your son or daughter was rushed to the emergency room at a local hospital.

Early that evening a physician looking disheveled from long hours of work walks out to see you in the emergency room waiting area and with his voice shaking tells you your son or daughter is dead. A drunk driver stole your kid's life in a flash. This happens daily around the clock around the world. A crack down on drunk driving is clearly therefore justified.