DWI Court Aims to Reduce Arkansas Drunk Driving
Our state reports a disturbingly high number of drunk driving crashes on our roads. In 2013, almost a quarter of all fatal accidents involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.
The Arkansas car accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that the number of repeat drunk driving offenders is also an issue. Last year, in Pulaski County alone, district courts handled 75 cases involving individuals arrested on Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges for the second and third time.
These numbers are why Pulaski County District Judge, Wayne Gruber, is creating a DWI court. Reports from Arkansas Online explain that programs like this one are known to reduce DWI offenses and prevent offenders from getting behind the wheel while under the influence again—one court is reporting only a “handful” of it’s 70 participants were convicted of another DWI offense.
Those who participate in the program will have their case and personal history considered by the courts before sentencing. Punishments can include rehabilitation, drug and alcohol testing, and counseling.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we believe preventing drunk driving should be a top priority in our communities. We also recognize that not all accidents can be prevented, especially if the crash is another driver’s fault. That’s why our legal staff encourages all motorists to be aware of the steps to follow after an auto accident.