Do DWI-Specific Courts Reduce Drunk-Driving Accidents?
Texas is one of a handful of states, according to Abby Rogers with Business Insider, with DWI-specific courts. Supporters of such courts say that they're good for rehabilitation. Rogers points to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data showing a drop of 2.5 percent in deaths caused by alcohol-related car wrecks in 2011 as evidence that these courts might be having an impact.
Opponents, on the other hand, believe that DWI courts are "too soft" on the crime, giving offenders multiple chances to do something they should get right the first time (not get behind the wheel drunk), and that people should be punished for drunk driving accidents that take lives.
It's the day after Christmas, and if you were one of those who were injured in an alcohol-related accident over the holiday, you certainly know what it's like to be the brunt of someone else's poor choices.
And whether you support DWI-specific courts or not, one thing is clear:
If they help reduce the number of fatal accidents involving alcohol, they may turn out to be one crucial part of the puzzle.