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Proposed bills address drunk driving

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2021 | OWI |

The year 2020 was difficult for many people in Indianapolis, and instances of drunk driving were no exception. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the second quarter of 2020, the overall number of traffic fatalities went down compared to 2019, but there was an uptick in the fatality rate itself. In fact, the rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents per mile driven through the first half of 2020 was the highest it has been in over a decade.

Drunk driving is still an issue

Drunk driving is cited as one factor leading to fatal car crashes. Most people in Indiana understand that if you drive with a blood-alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit of 0.08%, you can be charged with drunk driving. And, some lawmakers are proposing legislation that may affect those accused of drunk driving.

The proposed legislation

The two proposed bills would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require blood-alcohol testing technology in all new vehicles. For example, ignition interlock devices prevent vehicles from starting if the driver has a nominal amount of alcohol in their system. One bill also requires the NHTSA to equip at least 1,500 government fleet vehicles with such technology by the end of fiscal year 2022.

What can you do if you are accused of drunk driving

Being accused of drunk driving can be a scary experience. You may lose your license, face fines or even jail time. However, do not lose hope. Breathalyzer and field sobriety tests can be inaccurate and called into question, and there are other defenses that can be made against drunk driving charges. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating. Kammen & Moudy can offer you the experienced support you need.