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Texas drunk driving laws: How do they measure up?

As a Texas motorist, you put your life on the line every day when venturing out on the state’s roadways. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Texas drivers are exposed to more drunk driving fatalities than any other state in the nation. In 2015, approximately 290,000 people were injured and 10,265 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents across the nation. The Texas Department of Transportation reported that in 2015, at least 6,149 people were potentially injured and 960 people were killed in accidents involving drunk drivers. With this high injury and death rate, you may be left wondering what state officials are doing to remedy this serious problem.

Research shows that placing ignition interlock devices in the vehicles of convicted DUI offenders may help to reduce the number of deaths associated with drunk drivers. Currently, Texas only requires repeat DUI offenders to use these life-saving devices. Statistics from states who require all convicted DUI offenders to use ignition interlock devices, such as Kansas, Arizona, Louisiana and West Virginia, show that these machines have the potential to significantly decrease the number of DUI accidents, injuries and deaths. DUI offenders are also less likely to commit another drunk driving offense once the ignition interlock devices are removed from their vehicles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are other measures that officials can take to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, including random sobriety checkpoints and stricter DUI penalties.

This information should be taken as educational and should not be taken as legal advice.

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