Boston Ranks Second on List of Cities with Highest Drunk Driving Convictions
According to a new study, Boston ranks as the second city in the nation in terms of the highest drunk driving convictions. This finding comes at a pivotal time as Governor Baker is proposing a new bill to make it mandatory for first-time DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their cars to prevent them from drinking and driving.
The Push for Ignition Interlock Devices for First-Time Offenders
Currently, under Melanie’s Law, repeat offenders must install ignition interlock devices. It can be unsettling knowing that first-time offenders can currently go back on the roads and not be monitored, placing themselves and other drivers, passengers and pedestrians in danger. The push to make ignition interlocks a requirement for first-time offenders is with the goal of reducing subsequent offenses by drunk drivers, and ultimately, save lives.
How Serious of an Issue is Drunk Driving in Massachusetts?
There were 120 drunk driving fatalities in Massachusetts in 2017, which accounted for 34% of total traffic fatalities for that state that year. This surpassed the national average of 29% of fatalities attributed to drunk driving.
What Can You Do to Avoid Drunk Driving?
Use a Car Service – If you are planning on drinking, use a car service to take your and your friends or family members home. Remember, it is safer to travel in groups and always verify the license plate and identity of your driver before getting into the car.
Have a Designated Driver – Call a sober friend or family member take you home or pick you up if you have been drinking.
Stay Put – If you are drinking at a friend or family member’s house, see if you can stay over and drive back home in the morning.
Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk – If a friend or family member is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel.
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