Impaired driving more than just a nighttime problem, expert says

May 21, 2019 - 7:36 am

Two separate traffic accidents in Kansas City shine an ugly light on the problem of impaired driving. 

Minutes apart Sunday, two children were hit and injured by drivers who were both arrested on suspicion of DUI they happened in the daytime.

The children are both expected to recover.

The problem of drunk driving has always been there, but it still does not get enough attention, said Rusty James, a retired law enforcement officer and traffic safety specialist.

"I think the problem is getting worse," James said. "I think the DUI problem in our country is evolving to pretty much a 24-hour problem."

Incidents like the ones on Sunday happen because there is not enough funding for DUI saturation patrols outside of late weekend nights, James said. 

Impairment goes beyond alcohol.

"These drivers are out here and it's something that you can't just plan to look for during the night hours," James said. "There's a lot of drug-impaired and even prescription drug-impaired drivers during during all hours of the day and night."

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