With Summer Officially Here, Drunk Driving Fatalities Spike

Yesterday marked the official start to summer. Along with BBQs and bikinis comes the reality that between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days for drunk driving. Unfortunately, the greatest increase in fatalities during these months is for teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 which sees as much as a 16% increase. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 1,022 people die from fatal car accidents during these 100 days. Researchers believe that this increase is attributable to an increase in the number of people on the road and a large number of drinking holidays such as Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.

Many jurisdictions have implemented successful programs to combat the increase in drunk driving fatalities. Courts across the country have started to work in collaboration with companies like SCRAM to target the underlying problem of addiction that is often the reason behind repeat drunk driving offenses. DUI recidivism is a great concern for many communities. With the help of the SCRAM CAM bracelet, offenders can be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The program is designed to increase accountability. Many courts are requiring repeat offenders to wear the device for an average of 90 days. SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring ensures that people are not drinking and more importantly not drinking and driving.