Illinois residents may be interested in what president Donald J. Trump said about drunk driving when he declared December 2017 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. President Trump included statistics showing that, every 50 minutes, one person dies in an automobile accident connected to driving while impaired in the United States. The president discussed how driving impaired is a choice and encouraged people to pledge to drive sober.

He included a statistic to show the progress that has been made, educating the public about driving while under the influence. He stated that four decades ago, two-thirds of traffic fatalities were related to alcohol. Now, the number is significantly lower. However, in the past two years, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have increased. In just 2016 alone, 10,000 people lost their lives in alcohol-related fatalities. This accounts for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.

In his proclamation, President Trump was focused on educating the public about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, while at the same time touting his support for initiatives created by American companies that help address the problem of driving under the influence. Some of these initiatives include technology that inhibits impaired drivers from operating their vehicle to ride sharing options. In his concluding words, the president emphasized the fact that each person is responsible for preventing driving while under the influence of alcohol.

In all 50 states, the legal limit for intoxication is .08 percent alcohol by volume. However, a person can be charged with a DUI even if their blood alcohol content is under .08 percent. Prosecutors will try to prove that the person was impaired. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help a person accused of drunk driving by calling into question field sobriety tests and other evidence collected by law enforcement.