Dreams are people’s expectations for a better tomorrow. However, intoxicated drivers shatter those dreams without a reason or warning. Even with all the advertisements that highlights the dangers and effects of driving drunk, yet people still chose to drive while intoxicated. Many advocates are working hard to get these people off the streets, and they have been able to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes. Organizations such as Mothers against Drunk Driving have acted alongside law enforcement to reduce the horrific statistics.
Even though drunk driving may not be one of the highest leading causes of death, it is still an enormous issue. As we all know, an inebriated person behind the wheel is extremely dangerous, so what if we could help prevent that happening to more and more under age individuals? This prevention would begin by not lowering the legal drinking age. By lowering the drinking age, young adults will get in the driver’s seat, place their hands on the steering wheel, and drive off with a sense of invincibility. Everyone has a past teenage self that felt, at one point or another, that they were immune to death.
Why does one choose to get in the car while they are under the influence? They are signing a contract that puts their life in danger as well as the rest of society. Drunk driving is a major problem in our world today. It is affecting many individuals daily life because of their fear of getting anywhere near these individuals making such poor decisions. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, “in 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States”(Impaired Driving: Get the Facts).
The federal government needs to take action on imposing tougher penalties on first time drunk driver offenders. To better clarify the dangers of DUI, a year of imprisonment should be mandated across the country for first time offenders. The government needs to have zero tolerance when it comes to this issue. It is unfortunate to constantly hear on the news how many cases there are of drunk drivers tragically ending people’s lives. How long do residents of the United States have to be put at stake because of reckless drivers?
They ruin other people’s lives as well as their own, injuring or even killing loved ones because of a regretful decision. “Although the proportion of crashes that are alcohol-related has dropped dramatically in recent decades, there are still far too many such preventable accidents.” (Hanson) Drinking and driving will never end because of poor individual decisions, we need to do something even more effective to bring down the percentage. We can star... ... middle of paper ... ... they made. The education class also helps people that have already been in trouble with the law by drinking and driving. The class should be mandatory for them so that they do not make the same mistake more than once.
The government supports the belief that people are not ready or responsible enough for alcohol until this age. However, various professors and researchers are discovering ways to disprove this belief. These people think that reducing the drinking age to eighteen would influence our country in a positive way. Not only do minors support this idea, but there are numerous people and organizations that support the idea of lowering the drinking age as well. The current drinking law is counterproductive in our society because it’s not effective in eliminating underage drinking, and leads to unsafe situations such as drunk driving and alcohol poison instigated deaths.
Since then teenage drinking has only worsened, by forcing more underground and unsupervised drinking, making it more risky and less manageable. Minors began using and abusing alcohol, they were binge drinking and front-facing before going out for the night. In turn causing the number of off highway accidents and fatalities to rise. The MDLA (minimum legal drinkin... ... middle of paper ... ... by 35%, but did anyone teach them how to drink responsibly? We don’t expect teenagers to learn to drive by themselves or children to read and write by themselves, so why do we except minors to drink responsibly without being taught to do so?
This should not be a problem for any country as individuals should be able to control their drinking behavior. Approximately one-third of individuals arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States are re-arrested, indicating that remedial interventions for DUI offenders are not completely effective. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data indicate that “21-48% of drivers arrested or convicted for DUI had previous offenses for alcohol-impaired driving” (Lapham). When it comes to drinking and driving, society tends to make psychiatric excuses for repeat offenders of alcohol abuse. They are at times labeled as stressed, unemployed, substance abusers, to name a few.
Underage drinking is a serious problem for teenagers in the United States. In 1984 the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed by the federal government, which required all the states to raise their drinking age back to 21. According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 21 law has lowered the number of accident and has saved 23,733 lives. Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illicit drugs combined In the article, “There’s no benefit in lowering the drinking age,” by Robert Voas try to persuade the reader that lowering the drinking age can be dangerous for the teens . I agree with Voas statement because we should not lower the drinking age to 18 because drinking at underage harm brain development, leads to binge drinking, and increases fatal accidents.
Hannah Gates Ms. Carlson Pre-AP English II 4 November 2015 The Minimum Legal Drinking Age in the United States Bob Marley once said, “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” This is the case when it comes to teens and alcohol. In America, the National Minimum Legal Drinking Age is a topic of great debate and controversy. Many people argue that the age restriction provides a safe environment for all citizens; whereas others disagree that the law creates an untrustworthy aura among teens. If the minimum legal drinking age were to be lowered, most people would be affected by it, whether it be by an increase in drunk-driving or a rise in crimes. Although teens are legally considered adults by the age of eighteen and the minimum legal drinking age prompts underage teens to exhibit risky behavior, the age restriction should not be lowered from twenty-one to eighteen because young teens would have easier access to alcohol, the minimum legal drinking age has decreased alcohol-related problems, and alcohol can cause damage to underage drinkers.