Drinking and driving has become the leading cause of deaths in today’s society. Each year the amount of people engaging in drunk driving increases greatly. Young teens to adults as well partake in the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol takes a toll on the human brain to cause people to make immoral decisions. Not only is this affecting yourself but the innocent people around you. Driving drunk can lead to serious penalties. Every day we see and hear terrible tragedies about the loss of loved ones.
Many consequences have been enforced but sadly that is not enough. We need to accept that alcohol is going to play a major role in many people’s lives. More action needs to be taken to stop the madness of drinking and driving. On the news, radio, and newspapers, we see and hear stories about families, friends and loved ones being lost. The rate of deaths in America has increased significantly throughout the years. Studies have been shown that three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol related crash at some point in their lives.
According to an article “the impaired driving”, written by the Centers for disease control and prevention, it is said that drunk driving is the leading criminal cause of deaths in the United States. It is also said that more than 17,000 people are the victims of drunk driving accidents every year and approximately 40% of all motor-vehicle victims are alcohol related. Drunk driving is a serious matter. It is also affecting our community as well and the people not even involved in this catastrophe. $114. 3 billion a year is being granted by the public from drunk driving.
What is sad to see are teenagers not even reaching the correct drinking age to already be involved with DUI or DWI charges. I personally believe that this is not fair to us who don’t drink. We should not be affected by the carelessness of a decision that someone chooses to make. An innocent person such as Katie Flynn has become a victim of drunk driving. In 2005, Oprah Winfrey shared this tragic story about a beautiful young girl. On July 2 , year 2005 Katie was killed in a limo crash accident by a drunk driver.
She has been decapitated by her seat belt. Katie was in a limo coming home from a wedding along with both her father and mother. Both her mom and dad surviving, yet crucial injuries. Katie’s father had received a broken back and her mother having a injured foot. Martin Heiden, the drunk driver was driving on the opposite side of the road going 70mph. Heiden had then crashed into the head of the limo. Martin had consumed nearly fourteen drunks resulting in him being over three times the legal drinking limit.
The survivors of the accident had been the driver and the parents. This had proved that drunk drivers are killing innocent people each day. Katie Flynn was only seven years old. Not even experiencing much of her life yet and died instantly from a drunk driver. I think that more laws need to be enforced in the United States to lessen the amount of innocent people losing their lives. Katie along with many other children in the United States are victims of drunk driving. Similar to her story, two girls were killed by a SUV truck in Cape May New Jersey.
An article written by David Henry, states a mother saying, "That was the worst call a parent can ever get is that their children are lying dead. " Both girls happened to be cousins and instantly died from the crash, the driver remained living. Although nothing can physically stop one from drinking and driving, we can educate Americans with knowledge on the consequences that it causes. Drinking and driving education alone will not stop it but it’s a start to really show people the dangers it causes. Teachers educating students at an early age can result in lesser accidents each year.
Being informative and properly educating your pupils about the importance of intoxication will have the capability to make a wiser choice when it comes time to decide whether or not to drive home. Being educated in alcohol can show you how many drinks it takes you to reach the blood alcohol level which is 0. 8. Knowing you reached your maximum point in the consumption of alcohol you can make a more educated decision. For example, you may call your parents or a close friend for a ride or even getting the number to a local taxi service.
Simple tasks such as these can result in not only putting yourself in danger but also other innocent victims on the road. The main focus of alcohol education in schools is to enhance students’ knowledge on driving drunk and enforcing wiser decisions to be made. More schools should participate in programs and make it mandatory for each student to commute to a class. This doing so can also prove that education does or does not work. Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous traffic fatalities that could be preventable. A person with a blood alcohol level of .
08 increases his chances of a crash by 10 percent. The amount of alcohol in a person’s body can differ on various things. For instance, weight, gender, and even the amount of food intake a person has. An average person alone can consume two to three drinks resulting in there BAC to already be at. 05. The average number of drunk drivers who has been arrested in each year is 1. 5 million. An article written by Tim Watts, “drunk driving “states a non-profitable group such as MADD also known as mothers against drunk driving produce public service announcements about drinking responsibly.
These groups to prevent drunk driving were created by people who were usually harmed one way of drunk driving. This group also decreased the numbers of drunk driving taking place. Many people try to prevent drunk driving but we seem to fail more then we succeed. There is only so much we as Americans can do and that is to make laws more powerful and to keep imposing announcements and educate people about such a serious issue. Fines, imprisonment and tickets are all critical causes from drunk driving.
Imagine being drunk killing someone and not even realizing until the next day when you wake up in jail sentenced for life. That alone is a devastating punishment but there are many more you may face. For example, jail time, the cost of courts, loss of jobs not receiving an income, attorney fees, increased insurance rates, car impounded and towing fees, loosing driving privileges, community service and the cost of driving education classes. Many states are enforcing stricter laws on people who get caught drinking and driving.
All fifty states all have the drinking age limit to twenty one. Some states are also allowing officers to arrest people resisting the breathalyzer test. Drunk driving penalties can include felony charges and extended jail or even prison time. Check points are also a good way to find drunk driver’s reducing the amount of them off the road. Cameras also have been installed around our communities which can track down a intoxicated driver. Lastly more cops on the roads at night can greatly reduce the risk of accidents.
As the number of drinking and driving accidents continues to increase, more people are affected, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Each time someone makes the decision to get in their car and drive in an intoxicated state of mind they hold the possible for a crash, a death, and the suffering for the victim’s friends and family. Teens under the legal drinking age are starting to drink very early in their life. It is very popular as high school students to go out to parties and get belligerent. Taking action before going out is another way to reduce putting yourself at jeopardy.
Before you go out, you should already have a designated driver. When you and your friends are going to a party knowing there will be drinking going on right away hand your keys to the person staying sober. Being the driver you should not in any way have one sip of alcohol. This driver will maintain sober resulting in each person getting a safe ride home. Also, if you see a friend drunk trying to operate their vehicle speak up and stop them. You should not let your friend ever get into their car under the influence. As a parent also you need to take charge.
If you know your child is going to a party serving minors alcohol then do not let them go. Be responsible and take charge. In my opinion I believe that no teens should drink alcohol If you’re below the drinking age. Bars should also be more strict on who they let into there bars. Teens these days are using fake ids, some bar owners don’t mind so that they make more income. On the other hand other bars are taking action putting a breathalyzer inside so that customers can see how drunk they are. Some bar owners also call cabs and have them waiting to give people a safe ride home.
This is very smart of the owners of the bar. This will reduce the rate of drunk drivers being on the road. Calling the intoxicated persons ride will result in fewer accidents. Not only is it teens that are engaging in drunk driving but adults too. Morally the teens are less responsible then the adults. But even adults are making such careless decisions. Adults have a higher tolerance then us as teens do. It does indeed make a big difference. They tend to be able to drink way more than we do. Adults being of age to get into a bar stay there all day and night.
They drink so much every day that they don’t realize how much they are drinking and thinks its ok to just drive home. A story that disgusts me is a article by Peiper Weiss written from 2012. A young twelve year old girl sues her own irresponsible parents. This article has proven that even parents are inconsiderate and careless. Faith Carberry, from Ireland filed a lawsuit against her own parents Mary and Tom Varden. This accident happens in 2007 when faith was only seven years young. The mother had been binge drinking and crashed her BMW into a rail guard.
This crash led to the killing of faiths younger sister Ava who had been only six years old her friend who was nine, and her friends brother had survived as per faith but also had been injured. Faith was left with serious injuries and also scars of the loss of her sister. She had a troubled childhood from this one incident. Drunk driving leaves such serious damages on one person. According to the center of diseases control and prevention, in the United States more than two thirds of children fatally are injured in car accidents. Another incident related to this was a mom in Iowa being impaired on the road.
From the backseat of the car her daughter of age 15 called 911 , luckily for her she remained safe. The outcome of this is not only upsetting for faith but the mother’s loss of children, and her relationship. Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Several evidence has been supported that it is not ok to drink and drive. If you drink and drive, you are not only a danger to yourself but also to your passenger, other road users and pedestrians as well. There a many preventives that should remain to build up to stop the drinking and driving.