Steady Rate of Fatal DUI Crashes Spurs NTSB to Action

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for further actions from the government to cut down on drunk driving during “Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving”. The forum, held on May 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C. focused on finding ways to curb fatal drunk driving crashes across the nation by creating further penalties for those found to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Drunk driving fatalities across the United States have seen a continual decline over the past two decades, with 18,611 deaths in 1988 decreasing to 10,228 in 2011. However, the NTSB is on the hunt for better rates, with NTSB chair Debbie Hersman stating that deaths from drunk driving-related crashes have stayed between 30 and 32 percent of total highway fatalities since 1995. Requests by the NTSB include mandatory ignition interlock devices on vehicles for convicted drunk drivers in states that currently do not require them and more aggressive enforcement of drunk driving laws by officials.

Unlike some states, ignition interlock placement in Maryland can be levied against anyone convicted of drunk driving, whether or not they have been convicted before. Ignition interlocks may be in place for up to three years and anyone subject to such a penalty cannot operate a vehicle without a device. Additionally, subjects of the penalty usually must pay for the device themselves.

Being involved in a car accident where someone dies is an incredibly stressful and emotionally turbulent time for any individual, but being accused of driving drunk and being responsible for the death not only results in further emotional turmoil but could send a person to prison for years. The Maryland fatal DUI accident defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer understand the need of every drunk driving defendant to have high quality legal representation to defend against severe and unnecessary penalties. For more information on how we can help you in your case today, call our offices at (866) 444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.