According to NHTSA, approximately 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes in 2011, accounting for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. It is also estimated that 1.5 million people are arrested each year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Impaired driving continues to be a serious traffic safety and public health issue for states. State legislatures have introduced and enacted a variety of laws related to impaired driving in the past couple of years. The ultimate goal is to reduce to the incidence of impaired driving and keep the roads as safe as possible.
Proposed state legislation ranges from from stricter penalties and high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) offenses, to treatment, ignition interlocks and breath tests. Other bills deal with special license plates, detainment of arrestees, vehicle impoundments or forfeitures, open containers, evidence, computation of prior offenses, alcohol monitoring, drunk driving with minors in the vehicle, and proposed task forces or commissions to study the problem in depth.