///Understanding impaired driving in Texas

Understanding impaired driving in Texas

According to the National Safety Council, someone in Texas is either killed or injured by a DWI accident every 29 minutes. Approximately 1,099 motor vehicle fatalities that occurred within the state during 2012 were attributable to a DUI offense. This total indicates that approximately 32.3 percent of the state’s motor vehicle fatalities involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. In addition, statistics show that 39 percent of the work-related crashes reported are attributable to alcohol.

Even though the state’s legal driving limit is .08 percent, motorists with lower blood alcohol content levels may still be impaired while operating their vehicle. This type of driving is often referred to as “buzzed driving.” Even if the driver’s blood alcohol content level is below the legal limit, an officer can still make an arrest if the driver is noticeably impaired. The NSC claims that among the fatally injured drivers who were tested for alcohol, 49.6 percent of them registered a blood alcohol content level of at least .08 percent.

Consuming drugs, alcohol and medication may affect a driver’s depth perception, judgment, reaction time and coordination and causes car accidents. Research conducted by George Washington University Medical Center indicates that the average Texas business with at least 100 employees most likely has 22 workers with a drinking problem. In addition, 31 workers and dependents may be adversely affected by the jail, arrest, depression or other issues that are associated with impaired driving and alcohol abuse.

People who are accused of impaired or drunk driving may benefit from consulting a criminal defense lawyer before answering anyone’s questions. Legal counsel may be equipped to help protect the defendant’s right to employment and privacy from overzealous investigators. Lawyers might obtain a dismissal, acquittal or reduced charges for drunk driving accidents by challenging the legality of the arrest, sobriety test or toxicology exam administered.

Source: National Safety Council, ” IMPAIRED DRIVING”, October 17, 2014