One of the most tragic things about drunk driving accidents is that they are completely preventable. The fact of the matter is that drunk drivers are making a conscious decision to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel. For most people the ability to delay immediate gratification and refrain from acting impulsively becomes stronger as we mature. However, there are many drivers who have never attained those skills. Sadly, many of those drivers are also teens with little driving experience.
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.
The number of accidents caused by drunk drivers is truly staggering. As reported in one of our previous web posts, over 10,000 Americans died as a result of drunk drivers in 2012. Here in New Jersey, approximately 550 residents are killed annually in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.
On Aug. 28, a Hackensack, New Jersey, grand jury returned an indictment charging a Lodi, New Jersey, schoolteacher with drunk driving. The county prosecutor says the charges stem from a serious collision back on April 19 that resulted in serious injuries to a police officer. The 37-year-old teacher is alleged to have committed aggravated assault, assault by auto while driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident serious injury.