In Alabama and other states, far too many people lose their lives at the hands of drunk drivers every year. While there may be many causes for a single motor vehicle accident, a drunk driving accident can be one of the hardest to bear as it is more preventable that some others. Slippery road conditions, for example, may not always be able to be avoided. Any car accident victim or family member of one who has suffered a personal injury that was caused by a drunk driver understands the unique pain of the situation.
Most states require the installation of an ignition interlock device as one of the penalties of a drunk driving conviction depending upon the circumstances. Three years ago, the state of Alabama passed such a law requiring an IID be installed in the vehicle of any driver convicted of a repeat offense. Additionally, any first-time offender found guilty with a BAC greater than 0.15 percent was also indicated to need an IID.
Despite the law's passage, it has been found that this law has not been followed. Mothers Against Drunk Driving have brought a bill that is currently in front of the state House of Representatives requiring compliance with the law. If passed by the House, the bill would then be voted on by the state Senate. The goal of the law is clear--to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents and related catastrophic injuries.
If you or someone you love is hurt by a drunk driver, you might be able to get help with medical expenses and more by working with a private attorney. The right counsel can make a difference in moving forward after an accident.
Source: DothanFirst.com, "DUI reform bill under review," February 7, 2014