Drunken driving menace has grown over the years inspite of growing DWI legislations and regulations to curtail the very act of drinking while driving. The most threatening ones are underage drinking, teenage drunk driving and the mother of all the alcohol abuse.
People found drinking and driving are subjected to a number of Field Sobriety Tests such as Breathalyzer, Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and certain other on the spot test and convicted under DWI offense under the driving laws of the state once they are found crossing permissible legal limits.
With Zero Tolerance Test and Legal Minimum Drinking Age regulations, underage drinking and teenage drinking and driving is kept under control. But again we cannot be sure about how long such regulations stand effective.
While it is the duty of the legal system and police to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining law and order in the country, nothing is possible without people’s cooperation and assistance. Unless we help them in pointing out the danger they can hardly help us.
Your Action can Help Police Stop Drunken Driving
An action helping the police get rid of drinking and driving menace is one great thing that can happen provided we individuals understand the meaning and importance of it. It is practically not possible for the law enforcement officials to be everywhere to book people under DWI offense. It is only with the help of responsible and observant drivers and pedestrians who can actually help make roads safe for everyone.
The first thing that you should be noting down is the phone number you should be calling to inform about the intoxicated driving. Call 911 if you happen to see some one weaving on road, swerving, braking abruptly, appears to be heavily intoxicated, stopping without reason on a traffic lane, crossing traffic all of a sudden, responding very slowly to traffic signals, conducting the vehicle rapidly, drifting away, driving on a route other than the designated one, inconsistency in signaling without proper response, taking an unreasonably wide turn, rash driving almost hitting an object or vehicle, taking illegal turns on road.
When you call the enforcement officials make sure you inform them about the whereabouts of the location you are calling from, the direction of your travel, vehicle description and the driving license number on the plate if is possible. Your duty stops in informing the officials and you are no way expected to interfere with the driver or stop him whatsoever. Make sure you do not get into the scene provided you are a victim of any mishap.
Consequences of Drinking and Driving – DWI Offense
Driving laws of the state make it clear that if a person is found driving the vehicle under intoxication and tests reveal intoxication beyond the legally permitted limits then he will be convicted under DWI offense under the DWI laws of the state for alcohol abuse and drunk driving. Depending upon the extent of damage caused and level of intoxication revealed through BAC and other tests the punishment is determined which involves fine, imprisonment and alcohol treatment programs.
Will you lend your helping hand in saving the life of atleast one person? Do you think it will help?