We Need to Find a Better Way to Help People Know They Are a DUI Risk

Posted by on Oct 13, 2018 in DUI Defense | 0 comments

Some DUI cases are obvious. For instance, this man in Cayce was far above the limit and then drove at very dangerous speeds, leading to a serious crash. However, in Cayce and elsewhere, many DUI situations really aren’t that clear at all.

For as profound as the consequences are for a DUI, it can be very difficult for individuals to know when they’re at risk. While most people can give a number to what counts as DUI in their state, many people don’t know what that number translates to in terms of drinks and personal experience. This can lead to a large number of DUI situations that are dangerous and also have serious consequences should the individual be caught. In all these situations, the driver may not have meant to drive illegally under the influence – they just didn’t know they were violating the law.

This is compounded by many people not knowing other similar laws that may be enforced against them. For instance, as Truslow & Truslow Attorneys at Law point out, boating under the influence and open containers in a vehicle can also lead to serious consequences. An individual who may never drink and drive may think that boating on an open lake while putting a few back is within their rights. Others may think there’s nothing wrong having an open container of beer in the car if they’re otherwise under the limit.

Since a DUI can lead to car accidents, injuries, fines, a prison term, a suspended license, and much more, it’s important we try to resolve some of these issues. We can start by making sure people are more effectively informed about the law. Each state should include more education on what constitutes a DUI according to their laws. This can be handed out during driver’s exams or mailed out regularly. States could even put out commercials on local channels – whatever works best for their citizens.

Beyond that, more needs to be done to help people make better judgments about their level of intoxication. It does no one any good to have a number in their head for what constitutes legally drunk. Unless everyone is provided their own breathalyzer so they can test themselves before getting in the car, we should stop focusing on providing everyone with a .08 or .10 to keep in mind and instead give them more commonsense guidelines to test themselves.

Law enforcement could work on providing simple tests to see how in control individuals are. Or, more reasonable advice could be offered in general. Many countries recommend drinking less than one alcoholic drink per hour to make sure their citizens don’t go over the limit. Providing a one drink per hour rule would give people easy math they can do to determine if they have been drinking responsibly and are safe to drive.

DUIs are often not the result of malicious behavior but simple mistakes. We should concentrate less on the punishment and more on the prevention to keep us all safer and avoid harming people unduly.