Law Enforcement Collects DNA Samples from Motorists to Combat Drunk Driving
June 18th, 2013|
June 18, 2013
Drinking and driving is a major problem in Alabama. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 278 motorists lost their lives due to Alabama Car Accidents caused by drunken drivers in 2011 alone.
The state has been looking into different ways to eliminate the problem, but none have proven to be extremely effective. Recently, the NHTSA advised Alabama officials to require all motorists convicted of a drunken driving offense to have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars. They also advised the state to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit, but no new laws have been put into place yet. Instead, the state is conducting research to gather data about drunk drivers.
A story from Newsmax explained how two weeks ago, off-duty law enforcement officials collected samples of DNA and blood from volunteer motorists at roadblocks across the state. Officials stated the samples were anonymous and will be used to gather information about different demographics of drugged and drunken drivers.
Those who participated were given $10 for a mouth swab to collect DNA, while volunteers who offered a blood sample were given $50. The Office of Drug Control Policy supplied funding for the study.
The Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyer are aware of the risks drunk drivers pose to themselves and other motorists on the road. The firm is hopeful the data collected will be effective in finding ways to keep drunk drivers off the highway.