Contrary to popular belief, drunk driving is not a new phenomenon. Long before law enforcement and jurisdictions across the country took a zero-tolerance stance against it, thousands of people became victims of drunk driving accidents and circumstances every year.
Even the public was not aware of how devastating and dangerous consuming alcohol before driving was, except for the families who lost loved ones to deviant motorists.
The evolution of DUI prevention in society
Though there were measures in place to help deter drunk drivers, it was not until the late 1970s to early 1980s, that the public became more aware of the dangers of intoxicated driving. Also with the media paying more attention to the plight of drunk drivers and their victims, the public started to understand that it was a preventable problem. Repeat DUI offenders cause many drunk driving accidents.
To improve road safety, society had to change its views on drunk driving. Currently, DUI enforcement and prevention measures are much tougher than they were historically. Traditionally and before the 1980s, mitigation efforts included radio and public service announcements and more arrests, but they were not enough to prevent drunk driving from becoming a societal problem.
Today’s drunk driving prevention laws stem from jurisdictions and the public altering its views on alcohol and driving. Besides an increase in arrests, law enforcement agencies across the country added stricter penalties, such as community service, incarceration sentences, revocation of driving licenses, and more. To further encourage motorists to avoid inebriated vehicle operation, various organizations, including insurers, have adopted strict policies that cause long-term consequences for offenders.