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Drunk driving at center of law enforcement experiment

The average Nebraska driver is aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. However, this same driver often does not realize when he or she has crossed the line and should not get behind the wheel of a car. For some, one drink is too much; others may be able to drink more. Regardless, if one is arrested for drunk driving, he or she will need to present a defense for the charges.

A recent report indicates that over 200 people died on Nebraska roadways during the first 11 months of 2017. The exact number of these deaths that can be attributed to drunk driving was not indicated; however, it can be assumed that this was a significant factor. This report shows that the number of deaths has increased approximately 5 percent over the same time period in 2016.

In an effort to prove their point, Nebraska law enforcement personnel conducted an experiment with volunteers. The volunteers spent an afternoon drinking beer while law enforcement personnel observed. Then, these same volunteers participated in a driving simulator test. Additionally, fire department personnel conducted a mock vehicle extraction. All of this was done in an effort to drive home the point to not drink and drive.

Reality is that individuals will continue to drink and occasionally may drive when perhaps they should not. A drunk driving conviction can have serious repercussions for the individual. When one is facing such charges, he or she will want experienced legal counsel fighting to make sure that his or her rights are protected and that the best possible defense is presented.

Source: wowt.com, "Local law enforcement agencies warn drivers about holiday DUI dangers", Brandon Scott, Dec. 15, 2017

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