May 16, 2013|
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Personal injury attorney Steve Boyd is in studio thanks Steve it's nice to have you here to morning Susan good morning John. There is a new federal recommendation this week to lower the DW I limit from point 082 point 05%. On the face of this what's your take. Well I think this is the recognition. By federal officials that. Impaired driving is just as bad as strong traffic. That once you or ability to make decisions is impaired even by a split second you're not as safe as driver as you could be. And if you look at it in almost half a million deaths in the last 25 years in the United States because of drunk drivers. A third of all traffic accidents in the United States have alcohol involvement. This is a step by our federal government to look at what other governments are doing in over a hundred other countries. To reduce not just drunk driving by impaired driving. You know it is our understanding Steve the many countries in Europe and elsewhere around the world are most tolerant. As we are here in the US countries. In Europe have blood alcohol content levels of point 05 and DW I cases so. A reasonable to question how much. As a person have to drink to reach that level model and I suppose. It depends on what chair you're looking at -- I think some of the argument is that you know an average size woman only has to drink to have. A glass and half of -- to reach that level. But. People in that are advocating for the tougher laws are saying to those are old charts and I don't really mean anything. That no more realistic charts show that an average male 180 pound male. To get 2.0 wait for drinks four Beers. To get 2.0 52. And a half to three so this is a step I think really as I said to. Impact the impaired driver but also I think. It's a cultural change because we've we've been in our lifetime -- -- -- cultural change when we were much younger we weren't we think about it. And now it's it's a big issues so this is a step to have people say you know I'll just have one. I'll just have to. And not to drink and drink and drink and then get behind we. Much of your practice involves -- drivers about 30%. And we do we don't represented drunk drivers this is just the injuries. A drunk driving cases mean it is. Amazing to me win and we get these calls to see just how many of these cases happen all the time. Right here in Erie -- count. August 30% and he has that number risen. It's it's stable it's it's it nothing's changed at all it's frustrating you know -- in my office we actually don't office space to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. And -- -- it does her work from. An upstairs office and in our place and it's frustrating to see that. Everything seems to be study and so when we see changes in the law we look for those cultural changes that could. Cause these statistics to -- and made dipped in the United States from 1980 where we had about 20000 DW I deaths that BAC was point 15. To 2004. Became point oh wait across the country. In 2011 -- 101000 debts are cutting in half it also cut in half in Europe over ten year period when they went 2.0 five. So it works it does work it's just one step though there are a lot of other aspects to stopping. I'm preventing DWY accidents it's it's a matter of awareness it's a matter of enforcement. And there are even new laws being passed. Right now in New Yorkers law was passed by the senate few days ago. Called Vince is law and it it says that if you have 3-D W I convictions in a 25 year period. It's now a C felony. Up to fifteen years in prison. So -- Things are happening at all different levels and it's changing as culturally which it has to when you think about 101000 people in 2011. That's what wiping out the village of placed. It's a lot of human lives. -- -- -- I think and be honest. Are we doing good are we doing an adequate job we on the radio people on TV in. Promoting DWY awareness. I really believe so because when I first started as a reporter. None of these laws really existed. Or if they existed. They existed but they weren't being enforced. So I think that people have an awareness when I am out. And where with another couple -- we're just with a group of friends. You'll hear people say I'm drug. I'm just haven't won so I do think that there is a greater awareness but I should also say that the vast majority of these cases. The perpetrators. He's done. So if a group of middle aged people are out to dinner and one of them says I'll drive for I'm on the gonna have won tonight that's one thing. But it's still is that young group of people that we need to raise awareness.