Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous and selfish things that the average Virginia resident can do. Each time someone decides to get behind the wheel of an automobile after drinking, they are placing countless lives at risk of death and catastrophic injury. Although most drunk drivers make it home safely, some do not, and the aftereffects can be devastating.
Since 2012, Virginia DUI laws have required all convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices. A year later, 8,500 ignition interlock installations had taken place in the state.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Virginia has done well to institute life-saving drunk driving restrictions. However, the organization recommends further efforts stiffen drunk driving laws by elevating the offense of driving drunk with a child in the car a felony. MADD also recommends that suspected drunk drivers, who refuse to take a blood alcohol content test be required to have an ignition interlock device.
Sadly, in spite of the drunk driving statutes on the book in Virginia, drunk driving accidents continue to happen. Approximately 208 DUI-related traffic deaths happened last year, accounting for 28 percent of all traffic deaths. This represented a 3.7 percent decrease from the previous year. In total, 20,477 DUI arrests were made.
At The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, we have seen many people hurt by drunk drivers and we have represented injured victims and family members of deceased victims pursue financial restitution and justice in court. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident our legal team is available to assist you in your legal claims.