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Stricter laws could reduce alcohol crashes

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Over a million people were taken into custody for drunk driving throughout the country in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it represents just 1 percent of those who reported drinking while driving in the United States annually. To be considered driving while under the influence of alcohol, a Louisiana motorist in most cases needs to have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

Researchers say that enacting tougher alcohol policies can reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes caused by alcohol consumption in America. A study published in JAMA found that a 10 percent increase in alcohol laws can result in a 10 percent drop in such crashes. The study's conclusion was reached by looking at more than 500,000 crash fatalities using the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Overall, states that had stricter rules regarding alcohol reduced their crash rate by 7 percent between 2000 and 2015. There are many ways that states can limit access to alcohol such as limiting where it can be sold or when it can be sold. It may also be possible to limit alcohol consumption by minors by strictly enforcing underage DUI laws. Implementing and enforcing laws related to to the use of false IDs can also be effective.

Those who are charged with DUI could face many negative consequences. For instance, a conviction could result in a license suspension, a fine and jail time. An attorney may be able to help an individual challenge the charge. Defenses may include casting doubt on police reports or statements made by witnesses. It may also be possible to cast doubt on the results of a blood, urine or breath test.

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