We would all like to believe that we can convince people to do the right thing. And if convincing does not work, the presence of an authority figure should be enough to get people to follow the law. But a story out of Georgia shows that even the presence of a uniformed police officer is not enough to keep people from driving while under the influence.
On March 2nd, Corporal William Solomon was directing traffic at the Georgia Ports Authority when he was struck and critically injured by Robert Lee Turner. Officer Solomon remains in a coma. At first, authorities believed it was nothing more than a terrible accident. But after doing their due diligence, including taking a blood sample from the driver, Turner was charged with a DUI.
Drunk driving has remained horrifically common for decades, even after the establishment of groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and major efforts to publicize the devastating outcomes of people driving while intoxicated. Still, no amount of publicity has managed to prevent people from risking the lives of others by getting behind the wheel drunk.
If the presence of a uniformed police officer won’t deter drunk driving, it is difficult to say what will. There remains a need to find the answer to that question because drunk drivers cause:
- Over 50 billion dollars in property damage every year
- Nearly 200 billion dollars of loss to the economy each year
- More than ten thousand deaths per year
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk or distracted driver, or if someone you love has been killed, please contact a qualified attorney. Society has tried everything else to deter drunk drivers. Perhaps the only option left is to use the legal system to its full extent to demonstrate the horrible effects of drunk driving.