The increasing penalties for getting caught as a drunk driver have increased over the years. The government has taken measures to educate teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the many lives that could be lost. Schools such as Los Amigos High School have taken the responsibility to educate these teens towards the dangers of drinking and driving with the assistance of The National Every 15 Minutes Organization (www.every15minutes.com). This organization seeks to give students the opportunity to feel first hand the effects of drinking and driving with out the risk. Measures such as the ones taken through the Every 15 Minutes Organization would not be taken if the institutions and people had not sought to end prohibition and still try to protect the lives of those that they care about.
Drinking is a worldwide problem that numerous people participate in. In college, you are often considered “lame” if you don’t participate in the act of drinking, and other harmful activities, when attending a party. Most teenagers, and even adults, think it’s cool and fun to get drunk at parties. Alcohol is usually always involved when attending a party and many teenagers don’t think about the consequences while in action. Baylee Curran’s “Binge Drinking” PSA commercial informs teenagers of the bad consequences that can supervene after binge drinking. Curran uses sound, words, moving images, emotion, and logic to create an appeal to her audience that will motivate them to drink responsibly.
Driving can be dangerous in the U.S. There are roughly two deaths every thirty-three minutes because of a drunk driving accident. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime (MADD, par. 2). Drunk driving is the United State’s number one highway safety concern (MADD, par. 2). Driving under the influence has an arrest rate of one for every 123 licensed drivers in America. (NHTS) These accidents are much too common. Drivers were intoxicated in 41 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes according to reports done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Before the industrial revolution, America was unaware of the consequences of drunk driving. With no regulations in place, drivers could recklessly drive without violating the law. It was not until 1939 when Indiana was the first state to enforce a blood alcohol limit of .15. Which is two times the legal limit today ("A Short History of Drunk Driving").
The article “Teens Drinking and Driving” (2012) recognizes that drinking and driving among adolescents in high school had declined by 54% since 1991. Although there has been a decline, high school teens continue to drink and drive 2.4 million times a month. Almost one million high school adolescents reported drinking and driving in 2011. The article “Teens Drinking and Driving” also states, “85% of teens in high school report drinking and driving in the past month also say they binge drank” (2012). Binge drinking is consuming five or more alcoholic beverages within a certain time frame, which can lead to drunk driving and other risky behavior. “Teens Drinking and Driving” (2012) also reports that one in five adolescents that drive under the influence are involved in deadly crashes with alcohol in their body. No matter what the circumstances are adolescents continue to drink and drive. There are solutions that can help decrease the ever occurring dangers of drunk
Over the past century driving under the influence has caused many problems for crime and society in the United States and all over the world. According to the state of Utah’s statute driving under the influence is defined as “a person operating a motor vehicle that has been drinking and has an increased amount of alcohol in their system that can show up on a blood test or a breath test of .08 or greater at the time of the test (Wormdahl, 2012).” However, in the state of Utah also includes being under the influence of any type of controlled substance that prevents the driver from being able to operate the vehicle properly (Wormdahl, 2012). In the United States the legal drinking age is twenty-one years old. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (2009b) the limit for drinking and driving differs depending on the type of vehicle if it is a commercialized vehicle the legal limit is .04 and if the driver is under the age of twenty-one anything above .00, requires a revoked license for thirty days. One thing that is different for Driving Under the Influence that differs from all other traffic infractions is that DUIs can result anywhere for example parking lots or even setting in your own driveway can result in you receiving a DUI charge (Wormdahl, 2012). There are two different terms that can be used to describe someone that is impaired or under the influence and they are Driving While Impaired and Driving under the Influence. In 1983, the state of North Carolina imposed the North Carolina Safe Road Act, which did away with all of the alcohol and drug laws while driving and combined them into what is now known as DWI or Driving While Impaired. The g...
Cismaru, M., Lavack, A. M., & Markewich, E. (2009). Social marketing campaigns aimed at preventing drunk driving : A review and recommendations. International Marketing Review, 26(3), 292-311. doi:10.1108/02651330910960799
This article talks about the statistic and the affects Drinking and driving have on the community. It shows that traffic crashes which had fatalities were more likely to be as a result of alcohol especially in young people. The amount of money and time spent on these efforts to decrease this number is a result of congress passing a bill authorizing more than 17 billion dollars in effort to fight this drinking and driving problem. Some of the money was used for setting up a various programs on the televisions, in the newspapers, around communities as well as numerous research projects (Blitstein, 2008). More younger adults in 2008 was the cost of fatal accidents and a fourth of them was alcohol related (USDOT).
“Every 53 minutes in America a life is lost in a drunk driving crash; that equals to 27 people every day. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest” (“11 Facts About…” 1). Drunk driving is the second cause of car accidents in the US. Texting and driving has taken the number one cause of accidents in the United States. Many people that have died from drinking and driving. They could have called someone to take them home, but they chose to drive while intoxicated. They were lucky, because statistics show that most people end up dead or killing someone. “Inseparable since kindergarten, Jessica Rasdall and Laura Gorman loved to go out, loved to dance, and have fun. They were best friends, both 18, college freshmen, and co-workers. Their friendship might have lasted a lifetime, but a tragedy unfolded on a Florida highway early one February morning in 2006. It started with a trip to a club. There were drinks, and a walk to the car, with Rasdall taking the wheel. 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...
“Just one more” is a phrase many use when going out for drinks with buddies or celebrating something special during life. Until recently, drunk driving was an undermining crime that went unnoticed to everyone that was not affected by the consequences and tragedies that come with it. Estimates of statistics show, “In the United States rates of alcohol-related traffic fatalities dropped from 60% in 1982 to 32% in 2006. Recent findings, however, indicate drunk driving continues to be a significant problem” (Gieck). Although the rates of alcohol-related crashes have decreased, these numbers still have room to drop. Every life that is lost, every casualty that is caused, and every dollar that is spent can be prevented. Drunk driving is a choice that someone makes, it is one hundred percent avoidable. The actions of those who get behind the wheel drunk are the guilty partner in the situation. Individuals that consume alcohol irresponsibly and at times where it may risk the lives of others need to take responsibility for their actions and think of the innocent drivers and victims that they share the road with. Sadly, statistics show the band of youth involved in the epidemic. In spite of progress made, “College students and young adults represent a population that is at increased risk for alcohol-related traffic fatalities due to re emitting rates of heavy episodic drinking” (Gieck). Government needs to take the initiative and limit the bar activity later at night, implement consequences of those who are repeat offenders and get programs out there that will educate those ignorant about drunk driving and alcohol related fatalities.
Every year, thousands of teenagers receive their driver’s licenses and millions are driving on America’s roads. Ensuring their safety and the safety of others is crucial. 16 to 18 year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers in any other age group. Between 5,000 and 6,000 youth will die on our roads this year and another 300,000 will be seriously injured. America has many more young people die in traffic incidents than it does in military service, and yet there has been little political or public activity done to make this problem known to the nation.
Progressively there are more accidents happening every year as a result of drunk driving, and these drunk drivers should be greatly penalized, if you drive hammered you should get nailed! Driving drunk is considered to be one of the most severe crimes in almost every state because the driver is not only risking there life they are putting everyone else’s life in danger on the road. Every 22 minutes, someone will die in an alcohol-related traffic accident. Although you probably think that it could never happen to you, experts say everyone has a 40-percent chance of being in a crash involving alcohol use sometime in their life. Being intoxicated while driving is dangerous to your health and the well-being of others.
While it's more difficult to prosecute motorists charged with driving under the influence of drugs, rather than alcohol, 15 states have what are known as "per se" drugged driving laws. Such DUI laws make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of certain drugs in one's system.
Candy Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving had her life greatly affected due to other people driving while intoxicated. It started when her daughter Serena was 18 months old and Candy’s car was hit from the rear by a drunken driver causing slight injury to Serena. Only six years later her son Travis was run over and very seriously injured yet again by a driver under the influence and over the legal limit. Later on Lightner's 13-year-old daughter Cari was walking to a church carnival when she was struck from behind by a drunken driver who briefly passed out. Cari was hit and thrown over 125 feet and left on the side of the road dead. To add insult to the tragedy, the driver of the vehicle had been charged with several previous counts of impaired driving, had been convicted 3 times, and was just released on bail two days earlier. That may just sound like a surplus of bad luck for this one family, but drunk driver related fatalities are much more common than some people may realize. The National Transportation Safety Board reports at least 10,000 fatalities each year due to drunken driving (Wald). The problems associated with drunk driving include; repeat offenders and alcohol related fatalities, however, we could all help to solve this problem by getting involved, enforcing strict laws and punishments, and utilizing new technology.
Turning sixteen years old in teenagers' lives is an exciting event. It allows them to get a drivers license and is a big step towards adulthood. With this, it gives them freedom and control over something they have never experienced before. In most cases, people stress about gangs, drugs, and violence in our communities as a big result of teenage deaths, but the leading causes of accidents today are teenage drivers, especially sixteen and seventeen year olds. Maria Purdy, an author for "Teen Magazine", writes about statistics with young teenage drivers. She sites that, "To equal the number of youths killed in motor vehicle crashes in 1995, a plane with 520 people on board would have to crash with no survivors once a month for a full year" (online). Legislators should pass a law changing the drivers licensing age to eighteen instead of sixteen. By doing this, it could decrease driving problems we face today.