In May 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board made a recommendation that states should bring down the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.05% to lessen fatal motor vehicle crashes in the US which number to more than 30,000 every year.
All US states plus the District of Columbia presently consider it as a crime to drive a car with a BAC of 0.08 % or above (for commercial vehicle, like trucks, the proscribed level is 0.04%, while for individuals below 21 years old, it is zero tolerance level).
In majority of US states, as well as in the Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and the District of Columbia, even a first DUI offense would result to an administrative license suspension (ALS); ALS also allows law enforcers to confiscate a driver’s license due to chemical test failure and the limiting of driving privileges, such as to/from the workplace.
A driver convicted of a DUI offense can be required to install an ignition-interlock device in his/her car to disable the vehicle’s engine if alcohol is detected in his/her breath. Some states have made this mandatory even for first-time offenders. Furthermore, the adoption of open container and repeat offender laws is being mandated by the federal government on all states. The open container law, which is being administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) strictly “prohibits the possession of any open alcohol beverage container, or the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, in the passenger area of any motor vehicle located on a public highway, or the right-of-way of a public highway, in the states.” (http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/programs/154.html)
Driving under the influence or DUI is a serious offense in all 50 US states. The NHTSA has identified it as among the major causes of fatal accidents on US roads and highways, thus exacting severe punishments (that include imprisonment, hefty fines, mandatory attendance in a DUI school, suspension of driving privileges, and community service) on violators. Repeated offense can also end up in the driver being required to acquire an SR-22 form, which means higher car liability insurance premiums for, at least, three years.
While the overzealousness of law enforcers has, indeed, led to the prevention of many would-have-been alcohol-related fatal accidents, the law firm of Alexander & Associates says on its website that a considerable number of individuals suffer from undeservedly DUI charges and convictions that will change the course of their future for a long time. Drivers facing a DUI charge get in touch immediately with a DUI lawyer or with a competent Massachusetts car accident lawyer for the much needed legal help that they need.Read More