Prevention of drunk driving has clearly been a top priority for lawmakers and safety groups. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other advocates have a strong national organization dedicated to encouraging people to always drive sober. Lawmakers have imposed strict penalties on those who drive while impaired and the National Transportation Safety Board is even urging states to lower the permissible blood alcohol concentration limit to .05 down from the current .08 limit.
Despite the fact that state lawmakers and safety organizations have worked hard to reduce drunk driving, the Centers for Disease Control report that 10,000 people still die each year due to collisions caused by impaired motorists. A recent study conducted by Boston University and the University of Minnesota sheds some light on why so many drunk driving deaths keep occurring: the policies that could perhaps best prevent these collisions are largely very unpopular. This makes it difficult for lawmakers to pass regulations and rules that have a meaningful impact on bringing down the number of deaths caused by alcohol use.
Ultimately, regardless of what the specific laws are, drivers have a basic duty of care while on the road. Driving while impaired is considered unreasonably careless or negligent and a drunk driver can thus be sued or have a claim made against him if he causes a crash while intoxicated. An Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer can help those who have been hurt by someone who is drunk to take legal action.