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Connecticut's ignition interlock device law for drunk drivers

When a Connecticut motorist is convicted of drunk driving, he or she must deal with the multiple penalties involved. When an individual is injured or killed by the negligence of a drunk driver, the drunk driver can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit. The drunk driver can also face fines and jail time, and their driving privileges may be taken away. As a condition of restoring the privilege to drive, a judge may require the installation of an ignition interlock device in the driver's vehicle.

Proving liability in a Connecticut drunk driving accident

Although driving under the influence is against the law, many Connecticut residents overestimate their ability to drive in these situations and cause accidents. An injury or fatality caused by a drunk driver can have serious consequences for all involved. A DUI is typically a misdemeanor, but when it causes serious injury or death, the charge is often elevated to a felony. Victims of drunk driving can often claim financial compensation in a civil suit if they can prove the driver's negligence.

How can you avoid an accident with a drunk driver?

Many Connecticut motorists worry about being involved in a crash with a drunk driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol intoxication causes approximately 30 deaths daily in the United States. A drunk driving accident can also cause serious injuries. Although it is impossible to prevent every single death of this nature, there are ways in which you can to protect yourself and others.

I was hit by a drunk driver. What types of penalties can he face?

When Connecticut motorists fail field sobriety and blood alcohol tests and are convicted of drunk driving, they can face hefty fines, license suspension and even jail time. Driving under the influence is typically a misdemeanor, but when it causes an injury accident, the penalties become enhanced. A DUI can become a felony charge and mean stricter penalties for the drunk driver.

Drunk driver faces charges after killing jogger in Connecticut

Many people underestimate the effects of alcohol consumption. "Just one drink won't hurt," they think. But one Connecticut man, who told police he had only one beer, veered right into the path of a jogger while on Route 17 in North Haven. The jogger was struck and taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died that evening. The drunk driver is now facing criminal charges.

Drunk driver lands into pool, seriously injuring two daughters

An intoxicated Connecticut man recently led police on a high-speed chase on Route 12, causing a serious car accident. The chase ended in Gales Ferry when the car landed into a pool. The wreck not only injured the man, but also his two young daughters, who were occupants in the car.

Drunk driver hits three cars and crashes into gas station

Individuals who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a major threat to public safety. A car weighs thousands of pounds and, when operated by an individual who is drunk, becomes a dangerous weapon. The events that transpired when one 31-year-old Connecticut woman recently chose to drive drunk, prove the adverse effects alcohol has on an individual's ability to process information, reason and react.

The lives of many taken and ruined due to drunk driving accidents

We often read or hear reports about fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. Few people, however, realize exactly how traumatizing and life-altering drunk driving accidents are for both surviving family members as well as the drivers responsible for causing these tragic and preventable accidents.

How to reduce one's chances of seeing a drunk driver on the road

When Connecticut residents venture out onto the open road, they know it is a possibility that they'll be involved in a car accident. While no one expects to encounter a drunk driver on the road, it is an unfortunate possibility. However, what if there was a way that individuals could lower their risk of finding themselves at the same location as a drunk driver?

Report shows marijuana growing problem in drugged driving accidents

According to a recent USA TODAY article, a total of 20 states have passed legislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana. Additionally, the use of marijuana for purely recreational purposes is now legal in two states. Many more states are likely to follow this trend and also pass legislation allowing residents over a certain age to legally purchase and use marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use.

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