A hardcore drunk driver is defined as one who drives with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or more.  Many of these drivers are repeat offenders and have not changed their behavior despite previous treatment, counseling, education or legal sanctions such as prison time or loss of their license.
Drunk driving deaths across the country decreased by more than seven percent in 2009. Many officials believe that increased legal enforcement of DUI laws and continuing educational campaigns by government and non-profit groups are driving the decrease.  But these actions have little effect on the hardcore drunk driver that cause 70 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
• Drivers convicted (conviction is defined as receiving a court-imposed sanction) of a first DUI offense with a BAC of .15 percent or higher are 382 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as a non-intoxicated driver.
• Drivers convicted of a second DUI offense within a five-year period are 40% more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers without a prior conviction.
• Drivers convicted of a DUI offense who have had their license suspended  are about 4.9% more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a properly licensed driver who has not been convicted of a DUI.
MADD suggests the following steps for preventing hardcore drunk driver accidents:
• Restrict the ability of hardcore drunk drivers to drive by suspending their licenses, impounding or immobilizing their vehicles, and requiring alcohol ignition interlock devices on their vehicles.
• Require hardcore drunk drivers to make restitution to the community through fines, mandatory incarceration and financial restitution to crash victims.
• Require hardcore drunk drivers to participate in mandatory alcohol assessment and treatment programs, intensive probation and attendance at victim impact panels.
• Increase sobriety checkpoints in order to deter, identify and apprehend hardcore drunk drivers and other potential offenders.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.