We know who the dangerous drunk drivers are. According to the National Hardcore Drunk Driving Project:
Hardcore drunken drivers are those who drive with a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or above or who do so repeatedly, as demonstrated by having more than one impaired driving arrest, and who are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment or education.
We also know how dangerous these people can be.
Hardcore drunk drivers are responsible for 70% of all drunk driving fatalities and are 380 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Drivers with blood alcohol concentration levels in excess of .15 are only one percent of all drivers on weekend nights; however, they are involved in nearly 50% of all fatal crashes during that time.
Now that we know we are certainly focusing our attention on these drivers… right? No. The national debate over drunk driving laws includes a push by MADD and their government friends at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require states to force even first-time offenders to install intrusive cameras and breath machines in their cars. Along with their friends in the insurance industry, MADD is pushing for the requirement that ALL cars be fitted with an alcohol monitoring system call DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety). MADD has also let its neo-prohibitionist freak flag fly by supporting the lowering of the BAC to .05% and shifting its focus away from its traditional mission to that of preventing underage consumption of alcohol. Have our thought leaders and policy makers given over to political stunts on the misguided theory that we can arrest our way to zero drunk driving fatalities? What else but “policing for revenue” could justify lowering the BAC limit, keeping the drinking age at 21 and continued failed policies like OVI checkpoints?
I have my arguments with the approaches taken by the National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project, but I like their approach to identify and target hardcore drunk drivers for the bulk of the enforcement. It makes sense – target the people who are likely to reoffend and make sure they can’t hurt people. You can check out some of their ideas below.
- Hardcore Drunk Driving Judicial Guide: A Resource Outlining Judicial Challenges, Effective Strategies and Model Programs (PDF)
- Hardcore Drunk Driving Prosecutorial Guide: A Resource Outlining Prosecutorial Challenges, Effective Strategies and Model Programs
> FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT:http://responsibility.org/implementation-alcohol-interlocks
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