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February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 122

One of the major top crimes that the law enforcement agencies find difficult is the DUI and DWI related crimes. Both DUI (driving under influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) offences are on daily increase. In the recent reports of criminal cases of the different nature, most of the crimes have been related to the driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. About 80% of the motor accidents recorded have been linked with this bad habit. This has created challenges to the law enforcement agencies on their best way to curb this growing ugly trend. However, in way of getting the law implemented, can alcohol awareness classes help in this?

Firstly, several ways have been employed in law enforcement majorly by carrying out BAC test for suspects and facing charges if found guilty. Law enforcement officers have been out to enforce DUI laws and getting drunken drivers off the streets. They wait at different posts on the highways for the drunk drivers.

In some states, if you are found guilty of driving under influence with a BAC level of 0.08 per cent or more, then you will be convicted of DUI or DWI based on the intoxicant. The penalty for this however varies based on the degree of the offenders, e.g. if your BAC is 0.08% or more, or you grant permits to someone with a BAC above 0.08%, the penalties may be (though it varies):

- That you pay a fine of $240-$400 or more - You may be imprisoned for 25 days and above. - Your license would be suspended for 3 months. - You would be made to pay an automobile insurance surcharge of $1,000 per year, at least for 3 years.

However, another method through which the law can be effectively enforced is through alcohol awareness program. Education is the primary driver of this propitious campaign. When man knows the consequence of his action, it is easy for him to decide and refrain from it. It has been noticed that majority of those who are addicted to alcohol lack the fatal consequences of getting addicted to it. Hence, if a proper awareness is staged on the detrimental effects of alcohol on man's coordinating system, the brain, many of the addicts may give up alcohol.

Among the most important roles of any alcohol awareness class -be it online or in person, is to educate people about the realities of alcohol; the dangers it portends to the mind and the body. Therefore, it may be very effective if the law enforcement authority could embrace the alcohol awareness campaign. This campaign to educate the public would be highly successful with added use of electronic gadgets; television and radio.

Also the use of newspaper media blitzes and internet services could be helpful in getting people aware of the evil effect of alcohol. Online programs could also be organised to enlighten people on the subject matter. The law enforcement would be more effective when people are fully aware of the lethal consequences of getting addicted to alcohol. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol awareness classes are taken by not just by those arrested, but also those that just need help.

Dr. Ari Novick is the President of NationalAlcoholClass.com. A website dedicated to educating people about alcohol and drug awareness. Click here for more information on Alcohol Awareness Classes

Dr. Ari Novick also provides world class online Minor in Possession Classes

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