Drunk driving is one of the most significant dangers to motorists on the roads of Louisiana. In fact, data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving shows that in recent years, Louisiana saw as many as 3,379 crashes that were caused by driving under the influence. These collisions led to 234 fatalities, which accounted for roughly one-third of all deaths that involved operating a motor vehicle.
The Baton Rouge auto accident attorneys with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain that keeping drunk drivers off the road is best achieved through adherence to strict laws prohibiting the behavior, and one Louisiana official is being recognized for his efforts towards reaching this goal.
Reports from The Advertiser say Lafayette City Court Judge Douglas J. Saloom was given a public service award earlier this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for his efforts in strengthening our state’s drinking and driving laws.
Saloom was one of the leaders responsible for drafting reforms to our state’s Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws in recent years. This includes a mandatory ignition interlock system to operate a vehicle for anyone who is convicted of a DUI in Louisiana—even first-time offenders. He also spearheaded the creation of the Variable Substance Abuse Program, which provides counseling and education for repeat DUI offenders.
At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we have seen the results drunk driving can have and our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers would like to applaud Judge Saloom for his efforts to reduce drunk driving accidents in our state.