There is a need for stricter drunk driving rules in order to reduce drunken driving fatalities. Solving the problems caused by drinking and driving will require action by friends, family and law enforcment. Drinking and driving not only endangers your live, but also the lives of others. Driving while drinking is putting yourself and others in danger. You will have less control of you reactions to traffic situations and you will also lose your ability to judge. Your body will have poor hand, muscle, and eye coordination, your focus is straight forward and not all around you like it should be.
You will be less likely to see bikes, pedestrians, or other vehicles coming the opposite way. In this case with one of the most recent laws was the Administrative License Revocation Law Soinski, Denny. “Drunk Driving. ” Drunk Driving. 11 Feb. 2007. Web. 23 Oct. 2011. The law allowed for license suspension immediately following a refusal to take a breathalyzer test by a suspect drunk driver on the side of the road. It’s simply not a wise choice to get behind the wheel no matter how much you have had to drink. The only safe driving limit is .
00 percent. By highering the Drinking and driving laws will reduce the risks of deaths all around the world. I believe that mandating the installation of the interlock devices in everyones vehicle that will prevent anyone that is intoxicated to start any vehicle. Hanson, Professor David J. “Alcohol Problems and Solutions. ” Alcohol Problems and Solutions. Web. 23 Oct. 2011. You can also recieve license revocation, or mandatory jail time even if it is your first conviction. The costs of Drinking and driving are very extreme, you can’t afford it!
The arrest’s for driving under the influence have risen in countries in the past 10 years, and so have the resulting penalties. First time offenders whose blood-alcohol content registers atleast 0. 16- double the legal limit- can recieve a maximum fine of $5,000 and six months in jail. “Sticter Laws for Drinking and Driving. ” Post artical. Denver Post Artical. Web. 23 Oct. 2011. With multiple drunken driving offenses perhaps the third or fourth offense will trigger an automatic bumping up to a felony. At that point, all defendants would be subject to the parameters of the state system. Who wants to pay $8,000 to $10,000?
Total cost of fines, insurance, ignition interlocks and attorneys adds up! Also, Some insurance companies will cancle you current automobile coverage policy, once you have been convicted. It will stay mantained for three years. The impact is very severe. With heavy fines, loss of income, or having the embaressment of serving time in jail, or even prision time. With highering the drinking age I believe that older people are more mature and are less likely to give into peer pressure and are more responsible about their behavior. Older people have the self control to have one drink slowly and go home.
Unlike someone younger will stay and drink above the limit and not care about the consequences. Younger people that drink and drive increase the risk of a teen driver wrecking. Teen drivers that drink and drive double the risk of a fatal car crashes. The risk increases up to five times the normal risk. “Distractions Challenge Teen Drivers. ” USA Today. January 26, 2007. With highering the drinking and driving laws I believe it would make younger and even older people think about the fines and consequnes before they decide to drink and get behind the wheel.
Friends and family can help solve the problems with drinking and driving. Anyone can volunteer to be a designated driver. It could save your life and the lives of your friends. Don’t ever let your friends drive after drinking. Take away their keys, have them stay the night, have them ride home with someone else, or do whatever else is necessary. Bottom line, Drinking and driving is claiming the lives of thousands of people each year. If you critically injure or kill someone after making the conscious decision to drink and drive, I hope you are prepared for the consequences.