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Law Enforcement Collects DNA Samples from Motorists to Combat Drunk Driving

by Staff Blogger | 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.

“Every Fifteen Minutes” Campaign Aims to Prevent Alabama Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | April 2nd, 2013

April 2, 2013

Prom season results in a high number of Alabama Car Accidents each year. In an effort to help prevent such incidents from involving students at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Alabama, the Shelby County School system has partnered with law enforcement and emergency medical services to conduct a campaign called “Every Fifteen Minutes”.

The Shelby County Reporter says the two-day program is kicked off with a mock crash set up to involve two vehicles. Each vehicle has been occupied by student volunteers who act as “victims” at the scene. The scenario plays out to include the “death” of one victim and others suffering injuries. The driver of one of the vehicles is also charged with driving under the influence.

Throughout the remainder of the campaign a mock trial for the drunk driver is performed, as is a funeral for the individual who “died” in the accident. That person isn’t the only one who will have their life taken by the campaign though. Throughout the two-days, students will be randomly selected to represent the individuals who are killed every fifteen minutes by a drunk driver.

Students commented that the program drove the idea home that it’s dangerous to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

The entire campaign was filmed and will be viewed by the student body before prom this Saturday.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers hope the campaign is successful in preventing a serious accident.