DUI accidents have negatively impacted the lives of Illinois residents. Undoubtedly, many agree with the sentiments President Donald J. Trump expressed when he proclaimed December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
Alcohol-related automobile accidents lead to approximately one fatality every 50 minutes. This statistic represents thousands of lives that are prematurely cut short because someone chose to get behind the wheel of an automobile when he or she was impaired by alcohol. In fact, in 2016, more than 10,000 people lost their lives. This number represents more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities that year. In his proclamation, President Trump emphasized the need to reverse this trend.
A lot of emphasis was put on personal responsibility. A poll showed that more than 4 million adults reported that they drove while impaired by alcohol at least one time over the course of 30 days. As a result, the president and his administration have chosen the month of December to make the public more aware of how dangerous driving while impaired is and the negative impact this behavior has on communities.
President Trump has reduced regulations with the goal of encouraging American companies to develop new technologies and inventive ideas aimed at addressing impaired driving. At the same time, the administration has given law enforcement the support they need to address driving while impaired.
When a person is suspected of drunk driving, law enforcement officials may administer a field sobriety test to prove that he or she is drunk. These tests will likely be used in court by the prosecution to make their case. A criminal defense attorney can help by challenging the validity of the test or the evidence collected by law enforcement. A lawyer may argue, for example, that an individual who has a speech impediment or speaks English as a second language could fail a field sobriety test even though he or she was completely sober.