DUI Repeat Offenders Constitute a Disproportionate Cause of Alcohol-Related Collisions


March 25, 2014

When motorists that have been consuming alcohol decide to take the risk of driving their car, innocent vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians often experience devastating permanent injuries. There have been many legislative and law enforcement measures designed to reduce the number of drunk driving collisions, including zero tolerance policies for inexperienced teen drivers, mandatory minimum sentences for repeat DUI offenders, ignition interlock programs and other similar DUI prevention policies. Sadly, these measures have had limited impact on habitual DUI offenders.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published some enlightening information about habitual drunk drivers who cause drunk driving accidents. The federal agency reports that drivers with a BAC over .15 percent or drivers with a DUI conviction within the last ten years were involved in more than 70 percent of all collisions involving alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Data from law enforcement sources is consistent with this finding because 33 percent of all drivers arrested for DUI are repeat offenders.

This data suggests that drunk driving is a problem largely tied to habitual drinkers who are less responsive to alcohol education programs. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that the average driver arrested for DUI has driven while under the influence of alcohol 88 times before their first arrest.

When habitual drunk drivers operate a motor vehicle, they can cause serious motor vehicles collisions by failing to negotiate curves, running red lights or stop signs, failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, falling asleep at the wheel and committing many other types of driving errors. The NTSB has proposed a variety of guidelines that may reduce the number of drunk driving fatalities in Georgia caused by habitual drunk drivers that include the following:

  • Increasing the frequency of sobriety checkpoints on a statewide basis
  • Implementing programs designed to target drivers who continue driving after having their license suspended for DUI/DWI
  • Define a repeat offender as anyone that has been arrested for DUI within the last ten years
  • Impose harsher sentence and treatment options aimed at habitual drunk drivers

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Category: Auto Accidents

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