Semi-trucks traverse our nation's highways, making it possible to transport goods nationwide, which in turn benefits our nation's economy. Most people driving on highways in Cincinnati can expect that they will be driving in the company of semi-trucks. They naturally expect that semi-truck drivers will take the care necessary to drive safely. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.
In Cincinnati and across the nation semi-trucks and buses play an integral role in interstate commerce. Because of semi-trucks, oranges grown in California can reach store shelves in New York. However, truck accidents have the potential to be deadly affairs.
A law has recently taken effect that aims to prevent incidents of drunk driving. Known as "Annie's Law," the new law institutes harsher penalties for those convicted of drunk driving and would also institute a new system affecting those who are convicted of drunk driving a second time or more. The law is named after a woman who passed away after being struck by a repeat drunk driver. The law went into effect April 4.
The dangers of combining driving with alcohol use are well-known and most people in Cincinnati try to avoid drunk driving. However, it is also important not to drive while high on drugs. Drugged driving can also be extremely dangerous.