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Can drunk driving courts make roads safer?

Drunk driving prevention is a central theme in public safety advertisements during the holiday season, primarily because more lives are lost during the holidays to drunk driving accidents than other times of the year. While much will be said about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after having a few glasses of wine, and the social costs drunk driving, not much is said about howDUI courts work.

In fact, DUI courts have steadily grown over the last decade, with nearly 600 courts across the United States. Also their role in the battle to reduce drunk driving accident deaths is being recognized. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were fewer alcohol related driving deaths in 2011, and a recent report from BusinessInsider.com suggests that drunk driving courts been playing a vital role in keeping American roads safe.

Is this a growing trend or an anomaly? This is an important question because a number of states (including Colorado) now require offenders to install ignition interlock systems in their vehicles for up to one year, depending on the severity of the offense. Nevertheless, DUI courts are touted for how they are different from traditional criminal courts in regard to how they focus on curbing addiction and helping offenders take control of their lives.

Offenders are screened for drunk driving courts after they are arrested, as the court is looking for people who have a history (or exhibit warning signs) of alcohol addiction. If you have questions about drunk driving courts in Colorado, an experienced attorney can help.

Source: Business Insider.com, DWI courts are working, December 16, 2012

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