In a nationwide study, 13% of 11th grade US high school students admitted to driving while intoxicated, otherwise known as DWI. In the research, risky driving behaviors such as texting while driving, driving while drowsy, and driving after midnight all had a positive connection with DWI (Kaigang 76). It is important to abate the amount of automobile accidents not only for the young drivers and their families, but for society. The victims of automobile accidents, have lost their ability to contribute to society. Whether being the young driver, any family, or other victim they killed in the accident, the death inhibits one from possibly become a doctor, researcher, firefighter, inventor, or any other positive vocation.
Innocent people should not be punished for the things drunk or even buzzed people do. “Since 1980 - the year Mothers Against Drunk Driving was Founded (also known as MADD) alcohol related Traffic fatalities have decreased by about 44 percent, form over 30,000 to under 17,000. MADD has helped save over 300,000 lives” (Cismaru). It is a good thing that this organization came along or we could still be loosing 30,000 people annually to drunk driving. Thanks to MADD the numbers have dropped significantly.
Deaths Caused by DUI Every day in the United States, 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. That is one death every 51 minutes. (“Impaired Driving: Get the Facts”) Drunk driving has taken too many lives, and this problem is continuously growing. A death caused by drunk driving not only affects the victim, but also the families and friends of the victim. It only takes one night, one drink, and one decision for drunk driving to cause its life changing damage.
Donny Polson Professor Acosta-Mabrey April 22, 2014 Drunk Driving Intro When an intoxicated individual makes a decision to sit behind the wheel of an automobile and drive home, he endangers everyone on the road. In 2011, an average of one alcohol related driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes, making alcohol responsible for almost 32% of traffic related deaths (Drunk Driving, 1). Alcohol-related crashed are estimated to cost the public more than $50 billion per year. Everyone has heard that drunk driving is dangerous, but each year an estimated 17 million people choose to operate a motor vehicle under the influence (Drunk Driving, 1). Although the frequency of drunk driving has decreased over the years, the emotional toll on families and monetary costs on the public is still outrageous.
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They often think of a car as being some type of toy, but they do not know how powerful it really is. The driver education programs must be strengthened in order to make sure that students really have safer habits, behind the wheel experience, and by having a better understanding of all the laws on the road. The course gives teens a better understanding of safer driving habits to maintain. For example, a while ago a young man was killed in an accident due to a bad habit: the driver was drinking and driving. As stated in a journal, “Alcohol involvement among drivers fifteen to twenty years old involved in fatal crashes, in 2003, numbers of surviving was 4227, and fatally injured was 3657”(Best, 663).
Every day twenty-seven people die as a result of drunk driving which equates to approximately 10,000 people a year. Driving under the influence is a crime when a person’s blood level of alcohol exceeds the legal limit of 0.08%. Standard penalties against first time offenders include: having their driver’s licenses revoked and paying a fine ranging from $500-$2,000. All drunk drivers should be imprisoned for eight or more months because they are likely to repeat the offense, they cause most automobile fatalities/injuries, and drivers can participate in rehabilitation programs while incarcerated. The first reason drunk drivers should be imprisoned because they are likely to repeat the behavior.
Less than an hour later, Gorman was dead and her best friend would be charged with killing her”. While drinking and driving laws have brought about harsher punishments since 1980, accidents have increased because there are a large number of teenages making the choice to drive while intoxicated; therefore causing a high number of fatalities, and making the problem harder to solve. Drunk driving laws and punishments have decreased accidents in some states. “In June 2005, New Mexico became the first to require that anyone who is convicted of driving under the influence, whether it is a first offense or not, must drive with an ignition interlock for a minimum of twelve months” (Parks 69) . Some people think this is great, be... ... middle of paper ... ...king and driving laws have helped solve part of the drinking and driving problem, but teenagers are creating a new kind of problem.
It will even lower the rate of college students’ binge drinking, which is half of the eighty percent of students who report binge drinking in the past two weeks (College Drinking). Most college students experience college parties during their educational career. It is part of the “student life”. However, when they consume more than what their body can take, he or she can go into body shock. Therefore, when he or she starts drinking more than he does or she should.
Drunk driving has lifelong ramifications for those who are injured and who must live the rest of their lives with pain, disability, isolation, medical bills, or the loss of loved ones. While drunk-driving offenders can usually reclaim a normal life after their eventual release from jail, victims may never regain the normalcy that was taken from them so abruptly. B. According to a National Survey published in the May 2007 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, alcohol related car accidents have increased by 17% since 2004. C. Of every 200 to 2,000 alcohol impaired drivers on ... ... middle of paper ... ...e that prevents drunk driving offenders from operating motor vehicles while intoxicated by requiring a breath test from the driver before the vehicle will start.