On March 23, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have substantially changed current drunk driving punishments. At issue with the proposed legislation were a few provisions aimed at requiring even first-time offenders of the state's DUI laws to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. The proposed bill, A1368, would also reduce the length of time for mandatory license suspensions with regards to first-time DUI offenders. The vetoed bill would have cut those suspensions from three months down to 10 days.
In an earlier blog post, we discussed how drunk driving accidents negatively affect people throughout the country and also here in New Jersey. In 2012 alone, over 10,000 Americans were killed by drunk drivers. In New Jersey, safety officials estimate that roughly 550 residents die each year as a result of an alcohol-related accident.
Car accidents are not an uncommon occurrence. People often get up each day and prepare for their daily commutes thinking "It won't happen to me," if they think about it at all. There is no way of knowing if and when motor vehicle accidents will take place or who will be involved, especially in instances of alleged negligence like drunk driving. A recent accident in New Jersey reportedly involving alcohol resulted in serious injuries for an unsuspecting victim.
Getting behind the wheel of an automobile drunk is dangerous. That's why it's illegal in New Jersey and the rest of the United States to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .08. However, a new study points out that .08 isn't a "magic" number, and even "buzzed" drivers pose a threat.