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Drunk driving: a major safety concern for West Virginia drivers

Drunk driving remains one of the biggest dangers on the roads across the country, including in West Virginia. Lawmakers in the state have recently proposed measures that would address the danger and hopefully decrease the risk of a drunk driving accident. This new program would hopefully lower the overall number of accidents that involve a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The proposed program would increase vigilance and promote sobriety. Repeat offenders who are caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be required to abstain from alcohol and drugs for an indefinite amount of time. By following the terms outlined in the proposed sobriety program, drivers would be allowed to retain their licenses and avoid time in jail.

If passed, the program would call for the close monitoring of repeat offenders. These individuals would be required to wear ankle bracelets and skin patches that would detect, through contact with the skin, if the wearer had consumed alcohol or drugs. The results of these monitoring tools would be transmitted to authorities, and a person who violates the terms of this program would be arrested. 

This bill is still under consideration by West Virginia lawmakers. In the meantime, those who have been harmed in a drunk driving accident have the right to seek financial compensation for their pain and suffering. Those who hurt others by their negligence or recklessness can be held accountable for their actions. To learn more about legal options after a drunk driving accident, it is beneficial to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer. 

Source: wtrf.com, "West Virginia Lawmaker Urges Legislators to Consider New Sobriet", Jan. 16, 2016

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