There’s always a story behind the statistics. Law enforcement officials attribute the decrease in DUI accidents to a number of factors, including:
Ridesharing – People in larger cities – particularly younger individuals drive less in general using ride sharing or public transportation to get around, especially at night.
Public Education – The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaigns strive to educate people about drunk driving and the hazards it poses. Campaigns go out on social media, on billboards, in print, and anywhere authorities can get the message out. Designated drivers can also get special benefits at local eateries such as free non-alcoholic drinks.
Stronger Enforcement – Many cities and counties have special police units to prevent impaired driving and use both roving patrols, roadblocks and roadside DUI tests to identify and arrest those who are driving under the influence. The judicial system is also taking a stronger stance with those charged with impaired driving.
Ignition Interlocks – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) wants to eliminate drunk driving altogether by forcing drivers to install ignition interlocks if they have been convicted of DUI.
The IID is an in-car breathalyzer that hooks into your car’s ignition/starter system. The handheld device senses alcohol on your breath, or the lack of alcohol. Each time you blow into the device, it communicates your breath alcohol content (BAC) to your car’s ignition system.
If the device doesn’t detect any alcohol, you are able to start the car as you normally would. If the device detects even the smallest amount of alcohol on your breath, the IID prevents you from starting the car.
Currently, 30 states require ignition interlock devices for all DUI convictions, and MADD maintains that they have stopped more than 2 million drunk driving attempts in the United States in the last 10 years. Just under 70,000 of those were in Florida alone.