DWI Accidents Can Be Prevented


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When it comes to drunk driving –there can be no dispute that we have made great progress in the last few decades combating drunk driving. It was not that long ago, in Texas, where having an “open container” was perfectly acceptable in a vehicle. In fact, many high-profile politicians in Texas fought rigorously to keep open containers legal in Texas.

Intoxicated driving was brought to the American stage after a mother lost her child and used her grief to mount never before realized efforts to hold drunk drivers accountable and keep the topic of drunk driving front and center in the American consciousness. While I tend to disparage the results of 3 decades of efforts – perhaps I should take a moment to applaud the changes that have taken place with regard to intoxicated driving.

1. Hundreds of laws have been added to ‘the books’ regarding drinking and driving. Certainly there is not a person who slides behind the wheel of a car unaware that drunk driving is illegal and extremely dangerous.
2. Thanks to the original organization founded to combat drunk driving – Mothers Against Drunk Driving – tens of thousands of Americans have joined in the effort to abate ‘the scourge’. There are now offshoots of the original group that target teens and other segments of the population – serving as constant reminders of the dangers of drinking and driving.
3. We have ushered in the concept of ‘designated driver’ – a concept that may have saved tens of thousands of lives.
4. We have developed another new concept – buzzed driving – to alert drivers to be conscious of their own levels of intoxication.
5. We are actively finding ways to ‘get to the day’ when there will be no fatalities due to drunk drivers.

Most importantly through the tireless efforts of these organizations we have become much less tolerant of drunk drivers in America. Frankly, we need more resources to fight DWI accidents through education and public campaigns.

Greg Baumgartner is a DUI accident attorney and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with a DWI accident lawyerHim call the Baumgartner firm.

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