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Changes called for to help reduce drunk driving accidents

In New York and around the nation, concerns about drunk drivers and accidents related to alcohol continue to be common. Stereotypes abound about the standard profile of a driver charged with driving while intoxicated although the reality is that anyone can potentially face such charges. Consequences for those people who are convicted of a DWI can be severe and long-lasting.

A recent article in the news details a nationwide call for increased safety measures to be included in more vehicles. The reason is to help further reduce the instance of alcohol-related accidents. Statistics reported in the article from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that 2012 saw an increase in highway traffic fatalities over prior years. As a result, the NHTSA is pushing for the increased safety measures.

Two of the changes that the NHTSA would like to see in new cars include a collision detection system that can warn a driver before another vehicle is hit. It can also engage a vehicle’s brakes automatically to lessen the severity of any potential impact. Another change the NHTSA is calling for is a new type of blood alcohol detection system in vehicles instead of the standard ignition interlock device. Newer systems can operate simply by a driver putting his or her hands on the steering wheel and pressing a start button.

Getting arrested for DWI, DUI or DWAI in New York can leave a person unsure of what to do. Obtaining legal counsel can be helpful and a smart option to ensure the best defense possible.

Source: The Verge, “US looks to curb highway deaths through drunk-driving prevention technology,” Nathan Ingraham, November 14, 2013

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