30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol related crashes totals more than 51 billion. In Recent discussions of drunk driving, a controversial issue has been whether the driving while intoxicated laws should be increased due to the amount tax payers are paying for drunk driving crashes. On the one hand. Some argue that the driving laws for driving drunk should remain the
Driving is a privilege Americans have been afforded since the invention of the automobile in the late 1800’s. Yet with great power comes great responsibility. One of the responsibilities associated with being able to drive several tons of metal at high speeds is the responsibility of doing so without any distractions or impairments. Choosing to drive drunk puts not only the driver in danger, but also everyone else in the car and on the road. Currently, the average drunk driver will drive eighty times
person is involved in a collision, every day 27 people are killed by a drunk driver, and every year thousands. In order to make these numbers drop dramatically, harsher, firmer laws need to be put in place. Everyone makes mistakes, however, a drunk driver will drive on average of 300,000 times before they are caught. That is 300,000 chances they are taking with not only their lives but every person they share the road with. Drunk driving deaths is among the top 5 things that kill in America.
suffered a heart attack that kept him in the hospital for a month. Meyers’ blood alcohol was tested at .2, double the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. This was not the first time he would face charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, he has had his license suspended 26 times and has drunk driving convictions dating back to 1967. Although Meyers kept driving without a license, he never spent one day in jail. He now faces up to life in prison, but this is of no con...
chance of being in an accident with a drunk driver. Drunk driving is a serious problem that the United States, as well as the world, is trying to deal with, because it does not only effect a select few, it effects everyone. Drunk driving amongst high school students is an enormous problem that the United States is trying to cope with. Many programs have come to surface over the past few years, that educate students on this situation. MADD, mothers against drunk driving, is a non profit organization that
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). An achievable solution
Drunk driving is when an individual drives a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level over the legaly permited limit. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a major health problem in the United States as it accounts for a high number of road fatalities; hence, there is a need for stricter drunk driving rules in the United States in order to reduce drunken driving fatalities. There is a need for the introduction and implementation of new drunk driving laws by the legislature, because
The combination of driving an automobile after drinking a significant amount of alcohol has been recognized as a serious problem since the motor car was invented in the 1880s. By 1910, the law in the United States had already codified drunk driving as a misdemeanor offence. Prohibitionists used the danger created by mixing alcohol and driving as a key point in their argument in favor of the eighteenth amendment, as a result of which the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol was banned
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the name may seem to be obvious as to what this organization is working towards; although there are more than just mothers and it is more than just drinking and driving it is calling to attention. MADD also focuses on underage drinking and of course includes any and all people, whether fathers, sisters, grandparents, neighbors and friends, who work to “stop drunk driving and support the victims of this violent crime” (MADD, 2014). They have been quite successful, the
Drunk Driving Checkpoints In 1990 the United States Supreme Court found that correctly ran sobriety checkpoints were constitutional, even though they do violate “the peoples” rights. A few states have made it illegal for said checkpoints to be ran, saying that it violated their own constitution. While the argument for drunk driving checkpoints is that, it only takes a short period of time to determine that a person is intoxicated or impaired, it still is infringing on citizens’ rights. A person