Drunk Driving Essay

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The Troubles with Drinking and Driving There is knocking at a door late at night, and there a policeman standing at the door with information that a family member was in an accident that involved a drunk driver. This is one of those things people hear and believe that it will not happen, but it happens every day. Every 40 minutes, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver and in 2008, in Montana, 40 percent of all traffic fatalities involved DUIs (“Drunk Driving” 1). Drunk Driving affects everyone and people in Montana should look at what other states do to find ways to make the laws tougher and more enforced. In other states, laws for drunk driving do help their roads to be safer. Montana should follow suit with the laws in …show more content…

Montana needs safer drivers, on the roads that connect us to the places that we need to go. If a driver is not responsible, then all drivers are at risk. When a person is driving, their life and their passenger’s lives are in their hands. Families on both sides of a drunk driving accident experience consequences. This is why Montana needs stricter laws. On one side when the victim is a parent, children will have to grow up without that parent and family unit. On the other side, the drunk driver’s family is also victimized because he/she is incarcerated, costing them more than a loss of a vehicle. If the driver is the breadwinner of that family, then a paycheck is gone. Money is tighter now more than ever in these families. Stricter laws could prevent this. Insurance costs also go up for both the families. "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" and "Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” ("Impaired Driving...” 1). These statements are factual and the words of these statements make people think more about their part in preventing drunk driving. The people drinking and driving are not only playing Russian roulette with their own lives; they are playing with other driver’s lives. Montana can fix these problems as a State if it works together to pass better laws for drunk

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