2. Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2011. ) II. Central Thesis Drunk driving is an epidemic that continues to have severe and life threatening consequences for those involved, if we simply take a few steps against drunk driving we can help decrease this epidemic. III. Body A. Need: Drunk driving occurs everyday, and many lives are taken because of one person choice. 1. Every 52 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash (10,288 people in total in 2012).
(Madd. org “About drunk Driving”). 2. 900,000 people are arrested each years and 1/3 of those are repeat offenders. (drinkinganddriving. org “Drunk Driving Statistics”). 3. The annual cost of alcohol- related crashes totals more than $51 billion. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “ Impaired Driving: Get the Facts”). 4. An average drunk driver will drive drunk 87 times before being pulled over. (Word Press, “Statistics”). B. Satisfaction: We all need to actively help prevent drunk driving. 1. Plan ahead. a. Put money aside for a taxi. b. Have a designated driver.
c. Have a back up designated driver. 2. Never let anyone drive drunk. a. Offer to drive them home. b. Offer to get them a taxi. c. Stop being afraid to speak up. 3. Hosting a party a. Make sure people are leaving with a sober driver. b. Offer for them to have a sober driver take them home. c. Offer for them to stay the night. d. Take their keys. C. Visualization. 1. If we actively start taking the steps planning ahead, not let anyone drive drunk, and if hosting a party make sure no one leaves drunk, then we are all helping to prevent more fatalities due to drunk driving.
2. If we don’t start preventing drunk… Alcohol is enjoyed by many throughout the world. As one of the most popular legal drugs to sell in the United States, it has produced massive revenue for party stores, restaurants, and even major retail stores. Although there are some definite benefits to distributing alcohol in the U. S. , there are also many negative consequences. It has become very difficult to monitor the legal drinking age of 21, and as a result minors are gaining access to alcohol and drinking much earlier in life than they should be.
Did you know that drunk driving is the nation’s most frequently committed violent crime? A chronic drunk driver is a person who has driven over 1,000 times before being caught. Driving under the influence has affected many people’s lives and families. Today I would like to talk to you about the problems of drinking and driving, and why it is a concern for all of us. Driving under the influence is one of the most common and dangerous situations you can put yourself or someone else in. The fact is that drinking and driving is a huge deal and can leave a long trail of broken dreams and hearts.
If you drink and drive, not only are you putting yourself at risk, but your passengers and the pedestrians outside of your vehicle. According to the most recent statistics by the National Commission Against Drunk Driving states that 17,000 Americans die each year in alcohol- related traffic crashes and 600,000 Americans are injured (NCADD). That’s is and average of one fatal accident every thirty minutes. Every thirty minutes someone’s life has ended and his or her family and friends left to weep. Anyone of these accidents could easily be a family member, relative, or neighbor.
Most of these alcohol-related crashes are not just cuts and bruises. People are paralyzed, severely disfigured, or have lost the ability to live out a normal life with work and having fun are now activities that now rely on the aid of others. There is plenty of reasons alcohol and driving does not mix. The body is a very complicated organism with everything needing to go just right for it to function properly. Alcohol only affects how your body functions negatively. Alcohol is a downer that reduces activity in the central nervous system. The person exhibits loss muscle tone, loss of fine motor coordination ( Net Biz Mentor).
Depression and alcohol also do not mix. When people get depressed from everyday life they have the tendency to do give in to the easy but temporary solution of alcohol. When people are depress and drink, a beer is like a potato chip, you cannot have just one. “After drinking people usually feel pleasure and become talkative at first. Given the highly disproportionate role that these people play in drunk driving incidents, injuries, and fatalities, it would be wise to put our focus on themStudies have found that 21 to 34 year olds make up approximately half of all the drunk drivers that are in alcohol-related fatal accidents.
They are also responsible for more fatal accidents than any other age group, and seem to have the highest blood alcohol content. This is where the biggest problem is, considering that they are resistant to change their drinking patterns and behavior. About a third of all drivers arrested for DWI’s are repeat offenders according to data gathered in 13 states. Every single injury and death caused by a drunk driver is totally preventable. Know your limit! If you are not sure what your limit is experiment at home with a responsible person.
Most people find that they can drink about one drink per hour without any ill effects. It is illegal for a bar or restaurant to serve an intoxicated person in all but four states Three years ago I realized that drinking and driving is a very serious problem. My best friend Brandon had everything a job, a car, a girlfriend, and a promising future as a college athlete. All of that changed when he decided to drive home from a party after having a few beers. After dropping off his friends, Brandon fell asleep at the wheel, crashed his car into a tree and was then hit by another car.
For nearly three months, he remained in a coma and then spent several more years in rehabilitation to help him re-learn basic motor functions such as walking, talking and swallowing. For the rest of his life, he will likely suffer from dangerous seizures, impaired speech and memory loss. That is just one of many stories told by friends, family, and victims. Driving involves multiple tasks, the demands of which can change continually. To drive safely, one must maintain alertness, make decisions based on ever-changing information present in the environment, and execute maneuvers based on these decisions.
Drinking alcohol impairs a wide range of skills necessary for carrying out these tasks. Alcohol has a big effect on the way people drive. Many studies show that the risk of being involved in a crash increases as a driver’s blood alcohol level increases. As the blood alcohol level rises, the risk rapidly increases. Drinking and driving is a seriously increasing problem in the world today. It can turn a person’s life around in just a matter of seconds. Let’s look further into how it can turn a person’s life around. As I’m sitting in traffic on the highway my phone goes off.
Recognizing the text message ringtone I start to think, “Maybe it’s my roommates asking me where I am, or my sister, what if she got into an accident. ” Knowing that traffic will be moving shortly, I look down at my phone to see who texted me. Before I knew it, the car in front of me stops suddenly and I hit the back of them. If you’re behind the wheel and texting at the same time, it causes you to lose your concentration and takes your eyes off the road. It is also very dangerous and you could cause harm to whoever may be around you.
One aspect that gets taken away from everybody while you are texting while you’re driving is your vision. Everyone places their phone different places in their vehicle. For example, they could place it on their dashboard, behind the steering wheel, in the console, or even on their lap. Wherever the phone may be, everyone’s eyes are there. Your eyes are the most important part while you are driving. The minute you take your eyes off of the road, an accident can occur. You may think that you won’t crash into anyone, but you’re wrong. There are a lot of irresponsible people out there that you have to watch out for.
Some people think that they can multitask with texting and driving but they really can’t. Just because someone’s eyes aren’t the phone doesn’t mean their focus isn’t. There is a saying that everybody tends to say a lot and its, “Just because you’re hearing what I’m telling you, doesn’t not mean that you are hearkening to me”. It goes for sight as well. Just because your eyes are on the road doesn’t mean for a minute that you are paying attention to what’s going on around them. Texting is the same way. Even though you might have your eyes on the road, your focus is what’s being said in that text message.