Impaired motorists may be more common than some think

Jan 31, 2011

Impaired motorists can cause serious accidents

Nearly 90 percent of motorists say impaired drivers present a huge danger to everyone on the road, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

However, the research reveals 1-in-10 drivers admit they have driven intoxicated within the past year. AAA Foundation president and CEO Peter Kissinger says multiple tools need to be utilized to get impaired motorists off the road.

"Exploring new technologies, such as interlocking devices, are important to ensuring public safety in conjunction with personal responsibility and law enforcement," says Kissinger.

The survey also revealed that most people support the use of interlock devices. Data culled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the piece of equipment is up to 75 percent effective while installed in a vehicle.

While interlock devices may help prevent intoxicated individuals from getting behind the wheel, it's not fool-proof. No one likes think of being involved in a fatal accident, but the potential for one to happen is very real.

Having life insurance is a necessity to help prevent financial constraint on loved ones should a fatal accident occur. 

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