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Drunk Driving Accidents Archives

2 men killed after hitting semi-truck

Louisiana State Police troopers were on the scene of a fatal car accident in Pointe Coupee Parish on Nov. 12. The two-car accident took place just before 3 p.m. along southbound LA 1 near the intersection of LA 420. Two men, ages 21 and 34, were killed as a result of the accident, and another man who was involved in the accident was uninjured.

Ignition interlocks mandated in 26 states

Louisiana law requires ignition interlock devices to be installed for first-time DUI offenders whose BAC was .20 or higher. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been trying to get every state to pass laws requiring these devices for all first-time offenders. MADD says that the results in states that have done so are proof that the tougher legislation works.

Drunk driving may have caused fatal Louisiana crash

Authorities believe alcohol played a role in a hit-and-run accident that killed one person in Erwinville on Nov. 20. The crash occurred when a white GMC Sierra driven by a 27-year-old man from Lakeland ran a stop sign while heading west on La. 620 at 5 a.m. A red Ford F150 pickup truck collided with the Sierra at the corner of La. 983.

Study shows ride-sharing services reduce DUI deaths

Louisiana drivers may be interested to find that the popularity of the ride-sharing service Uber has led to a decrease in deaths caused by DUIs. According to researchers at Temple University, the use of Uber X, the company's most basic service, reduced the number of drunk driving deaths by 3.6 to 5.6 percent over the period studied.

Reducing drunk driving in Louisiana

There may be little that others can do to stop a Louisiana motorist who decides to drive after consuming alcohol. Once on the road, it is possible that the impaired driver will hit a pedestrian or drift into oncoming traffic. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently showcased technology that could prevent a car from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver's breath.

Technology and drunk driving prevention in Louisiana

In an average year, 10,000 people die in crashes involving a drunk driver. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and automakers have come together to create a system that instantly measures the driver's blood alcohol content. If the driver has a BAC of higher than .08 percent, which is the legal limit in Louisiana and the rest of the country, the car will not start.

Blood test expected to show intoxication in fatal accident

Terrytown troopers said that a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck had been crossing over the lines of the left and center lanes on Louisiana Highway 428 when a bicyclist was hit and killed near Peter Street. Continuing northbound, the pickup then crashed into a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The problem of drunk driving in Louisiana

Drunk driving causes the death or serious injury to many people every year around the country. Despite public education campaigns and tighter laws, people still continue to drink and drive. By doing so, drunk drivers risk not only themselves, but also every person around their vehicles while they are driving.