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New Bill Restricts Oklahoma

A new bill would make it illegal for those in Oklahoma with a DUI conviction on their record to purchase alcohol for a certain period of time.

In Oklahoma and every other state in the country, it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level at or above 0.08, states the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. However, many disobey this law, drive in an intoxicated state and cause injurious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. The NCADD states that it is estimated that approximately 32 percent of fatal crashes in the U.S. involve a drunk driver or pedestrian.

To prevent the number of people in Oklahoma who drive drunk after a DUI conviction and threaten the lives of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians, a new bill would make it illegal for DUI offenders in the state to purchase alcohol, states The Washington Times.

What the bill entails

If this bill becomes law, DUI offenders would be required to carry an identification card that declares that they are restricted from purchasing alcohol for a specific period of time approved by the court. This bill also makes it illegal for those who do not have a DUI conviction on their record to sell or give alcohol to another person who holds an alcohol restricted license. According to The Washington Times, if a person disobeys this provision of the bill, he or she may have to pay a fine of up to $1,000 or spend one year in prison.

Despite this bill’s potential to keep repeat drunk drivers off of the roads, some are concerned about its implementation. For example, some think that this bill would be unenforceable if it were to become law. Another concern with this bill is that it does not address how the consumption of alcohol for religious purposes should be handled.

Many drunk drivers are never arrested

While this bill may be able to reduce the number of DUI offenders who continually drink and drive on the roads in Oklahoma, it does not account for the number of drunk drivers who have never been arrested and continue to endanger the lives of others. According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization, every day, people drive drunk approximately 300,000 times, but less than 4,000 are arrested for this offense. Additionally, the average drunk driver has driven a vehicle intoxicated 80 times before getting arrested for the first time.

Those in Oklahoma who are involved in a collision with a drunk driver, whether he or she is a repeat offender or is driving drunk for the first time, may sustain injuries that harm them emotionally, physically and financially. If you were injured in a drunk driving-related accident, speak with an attorney to find out what compensation may be available to you.