Government encouraging new policy to tackle drunk driving

December 14, 2010
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Alcohol-related car accidents kill nearly 11,000 Americans each year.

In 2009, nearly 11,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-related car accidents.  Detecting drivers who are operating an automobile under the influence of alcohol involves using a breath test, or Breathalyzer.  About one in four suspects, however, refuse to take the test after being pulled over by a police officer.  New Hampshire has the highest refusal rate of 81%.  Nine states have “no refusal” laws.  These states include Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, and Utah.  In these states, if a driver refuses to take the breath test, a prompt search warrant is obtained allowing for a quick blood test.  The driver is charged with drunk driving if the test exceeds the legal limit of 0.08.   The Transportation Department is now highlighting a “no refusal” policy.  Many communities have noticed an increase in drunk driving arrests after instituting this policy. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is encouraging other states to adopt a “no refusal” policy.  He stressed that these are not actually new laws, but rather ways to streamline existing rules and help prevent drunk drivers from avoiding detection and prosecution.

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