Thursday, July 26, 2012

A survivor's story that didn't end as another statistic with drinking and driving

All 50 states in the US now apply two statutory offenses to driving under the influence of alcohol.  The first offense is a DUI (driving under the influence).  The second offense is "illegal per se", or driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08 or higher.

Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol.  If fatal car crashes last year, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24.  Almost every 90 seconds a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.

Brandon Blinson is a survivor from a head on collision involved in a drinking and driving accident.  He said "Believe it or not, the law at the time was that if a person hits you while under the influence of alcohol and doesn't de-limb or kill you, his maximum sentence was two days in prison, or jail.  After that it was just a matter of him paying a bunch of fines and getting out scotch free.  I know that a lot of people have moved to get that changed."

Here is more on that story.

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