The “No Refusal Weekends” in Texas: One of the State’s Way to Curb Drunk Driving

The “No Refusal Weekends” in Texas: One of the State’s Way to Curb Drunk Driving

Apr 14

Distracted driving, driving under the influence, and driving above the speed limit, among many others, are all considered driver error, the cause of more than 90% of motor vehicle accidents in the US (and around the world). Annually, motor vehicle accidents reach about five million; more than two million of these accidents result to injuries, while more than 30,000 are fatal.

Since the early 19th century, car crashes has already become a frightening risk of driving. Though rates for injury and death vary from one state to another, one common thing remains constant: the rates are high in all states (some are just higher than others).

The state of Mississippi, which registers 1,000 fatal car crashes every year, appears to be number one in the top 10 most dangerous states to drive in. Studies show that car crashes, in any part of the US, is always higher during major holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It is during these days when drunk driving is at its peak, with so many drivers even driving at high speed despite being intoxicated. Due to this, large cities in the state of Texas, namely, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, saw it fit to mandate the “no refusal weekends,” during which law enforcement officers are authorized to pull over anyone suspected of drunk driving and conduct a blood test to determine a driver’s blood alcohol content level. This mandate is aimed at reducing crashes due to drunk driving.

Impairment is the main reason why drunk driving has been declared illegal. When less sober due to alcohol intoxication, reflexes become slower and the ability to focus on the road, as well as perception, judgment, coordination and reaction time, are affected.

All across the US, the set limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.08% (this is about four regular bottles of beer consumed within an hour. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD), it will take about an hour for an average person to metabolize one standard drink, such as a 12 ounce bottle of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirit – all have the same amount of alcohol). This means that a driver who is pulled over and registers a 0.08% (or higher) BAC level can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI), which is a major traffic violation.

As made clear by a Dallas car accident attorney at the Benton Law Firm, any driver, whose action or non-action causes a car accident, especially one that results to injuries or death, he or she will be held lawfully liable, with the obligation of compensating his or her victims for whatever damages and losses they have been, and will be, made to suffer.

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