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Driverless car: The solution for drunk driving?

It is estimated that close to 10,000 Americans are killed every year from an alcohol related crash. Despite these numbers, drunk driving charges have consequences for both the victim and the offender. Between heavy fines to prolonged jail time, a DUI conviction has detrimental impacts on a person's life. Although some companies are looking to technological advances to change the way we operate vehicles, until then many drivers must contend with police stops and the potential of being charged with drunk driving.

Some groups like the National Transportation Safety Board think that by reducing the legal blood alcohol limit to .05, they could save hundreds of lives a year. Other organizations, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, have different ideas like enforcing heavier penalties to offenders in order to reduce the rate of drunk driving.

While many of these propositions may help the problem, one solution may alleviate them for good. Search engine company Google has dedicated a lot of time developing and testing a car that can drive itself: the first mainstream driverless car. Although technology may lead to major changes in transportation, for now, drivers are susceptible to traffic stops and may be charged with drunk driving due to field sobriety tests and BAC testing.

Until the day the driverless car is commercialized and the legal issues are sorted out, many Michigan residents are still susceptible to police checkpoints and drunk driving charges. Any resident charged with a crime may want to seek legal help to fight against a conviction. Often times an attorney may be helpful in filing motions with the court, reviewing evidence and communicating with the police, prosecution and the court system.

Source: PBS, "Are We Ready For Driverless Cars?," Ibrahim Balkhy, May 13, 2013

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