Drunk Driving Accidents Archives

NJ prepares to reduce drunk driving deaths this holiday season

Statewide, New Jersey law enforcement are participating in a program that provides extra money to agencies so they can allocate extra resources toward identifying and stopping drunk drivers. According to the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols will begin Dec. 9, 2017, and run through Jan. 1, 2018. So far this year, alcohol-related fatalities have equaled 20 percent of the 572 total traffic deaths on state roadways.

Why drinking and driving is dangerous

After a few years of driving in New Jersey, a person's muscle memory may automatically take over when behind the wheel. Even though it may seem as if a driver is on autopilot, he or she is constantly making decisions. In fact, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the average person makes about 200 choices for every mile driven. For safety, these should be made consciously. If a person drinks alcohol, though, this can be physically impossible.

Labor Day and drunk driving

Anytime a holiday approaches, concerns increase about road safety in New Jersey. Some holidays are more dangerous than others because drinking and driving becomes more prevalent. One of the times this happens is Labor Day weekend. This holiday is often celebrated by eating good food, which is often accompanied by alcohol. People drink too much yet still feel they are fine to get behind the wheel, thus creating a dangerous environment on roadways.

New Jersey girl killed when mother crashes while intoxicated

Each day, hundreds of New Jersey motorists travel the busy thoroughfares to get from one place to another, and as a consequence each is subjected to the actions of the drivers around them. Unfortunately, even if people are cautious, mindful and defensive drivers, they are still at risk of being involved in a car accident if other motorists are distracted, fatigued or under the influence.

Where does NJ rank when it comes to drunk drivers?

When drivers who have had too much to drink get behind the wheel in Monmouth County, it can have disastrous results for you and other people on the road. Drunk driving accidents can cause serious injuries and are often fatal. A new study has shed some light on which states have problems with arrests and traffic deaths resulting from drivers who are under the influence.

New law in Utah lowers BAC for DUI to 0.05

Drunk driving is a pervasive problem and New Jersey has adopted laws that not only punish those who get behind the wheel after drinking but also serve to deter others from doing so. While most areas of the country use 0.08 as the maximum percentage of blood alcohol content that is considered legal to operate a vehicle, one state is looking to lower that threshold as a means of reducing drunk driving deaths.

Ignition interlocks: separating fact from fiction

Accidents involving drunk drivers in Monmouth County can be especially frustrating for victims and their families since they are usually preventable accidents. Despite laws that make driving drunk illegal and stiff penalties for doing so, some people make the poor decision to get behind the wheel after imbibing alcohol anyway. In order to cut down on repeat offenders, many states have begun to utilize tools to keep those people from driving drunk. One such tool is an ignition interlock device.

Super Bowl drinking leads to more drunk drivers on the road

Every year, the football season culminates in one of the most-watched events on television – the Super Bowl. For many people in New Jersey, that means breaking out the chips, sandwiches and the beer. Unfortunately, some people choose to then get behind wheel after they have imbibed too much and this can have devastating consequences.

Despite government efforts, drunk driving is still too common

Drivers in New Jersey who get behind the wheel after they have been drinking put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. While the number of fatal accidents attributed to drunk drivers has shrunk over the last several decades, statistics have shown that alcohol is still a factor in roughly 30 percent of deadly crashes, reports the Washington Post. Since that number has remained steady for some time, some argue that there is vast room for improvement when it comes to how drunk drivers are punished.

How do New Jersey’s DUI laws compare to other states?

People who are convicted of driving under the influence in New Jersey will face less harsh penalties than in most other states. Drunk driving is a costly and dangerous problem that affects people all across the United States. However, the penalties for being convicted of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated are not uniform and vary from state to state. If you were to get a DUI in New Jersey, here is how it would compare to the rest of the country based on a recent study.

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