As Virginia car accident injury lawyers that only represent victims of drunk drivers, not offenders, it’s good to hear that something is finally working in the fight to stop drunk drivers. A new report shows that states that require convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices in their cars had a 15 percent drop in alcohol-related crash deaths compared to states without these requirements, research shows.
21 states including Virginia require that any driver convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) must install an ignition interlock device, including an electronic log device, on every vehicle they own or which is registered to them. Ignition interlocks use a built-in breath analyzer. If the driver’s blood alcohol limit is above the programmed limit - usually 0.02 grams per deciliter - the car does not start.
This is good news because, last year in Virginia 253 people died and 5,288 people were injured in alcohol related crashes. No wreck, injury or loss of life caused by a drunk or stoned driver should go unnoticed. Likewise, drivers who hurt or kill others while driving under the influence must be .
In addition, we can bring a claim for punitive damages in many drunk driving cases, particularly if a blood alcohol content over a certain level can be proved, this falls under special provisions of the Virginia code. Punitive damages are designed to punish a drunk driver, and are a separate form of damages from those in tended to compensate for personal injuries of the victim. We address these issues with our clients that have been hurt by a driver who made the wrong choice and drove a vehicle while intoxicated.