Dec. 20, 2012
Drinking and driving around the holidays is a problem that law enforcement in Virginia has to battle each year. New strategies being discussed by government organizations like the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aim to reduce the number of drunk drivers, which may subsequently shrink the number of roadway injuries and fatalities
The NTSB announced it would be pushing lawmakers to focus on substance-impaired driving by improving alcohol impairment testing methods, establishing drug impairment standards, and finding better ways to identify intoxicated drivers’ “place[s] of last drink”.
The agency recommended that all states adopt regulations similar to Virginia’s requirement that all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders, have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. However, the NTSB said this is not enough to combat the problem. Officials went on to explain that since drugs and medications are playing a more predominant role in impaired driving accidents, it is important to establish intoxication limits for different drugs and better means of testing drivers for these substances.
The organization pointed out that a better means of establishing a drunk driver’s “Place of last drink” may also help the prosecution of bars and restaurants that over serve patrons.