Drinking and Driving

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1 DECREASING BAC LEVEL AND MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

The reduction of the blood alcohol content can reduce the number of motor vehicle related death of teenage drivers. Michael Ochakovsky

Hofstra University

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Abstract
Drunk driving is a major concern in the United States because alcohol consumption increases the risk that drivers will cause vehicle crashes that can kill or injure themselves or others. Drunk driving has cultural and economic influences, the low risk of apprehension, the failure of alcoholic beverage servers to prevent excessive consumption, and the locating of licensed alcoholic beverage servers far from where people live and work. A random sample of full-time students attending Hofstra University completed an online questionnaire. The questionnaire will determine if alcohol is a huge part of a person’s life. In this paper, we propose that lowering the BAC level to .05/.06 can reduce the number of fatal car crashes occurring in the United States. Lowering the blood alcohol content can increase the likely hood that drinking responsible can occur.

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The reduction of the blood alcohol content can reduce the number of motor vehicle related death of teenage drivers. Deaths and injuries due to impaired driving have become a worldwide predicament. There are still numerous amounts of alcohol-impaired drivers going out on the road even though there are warnings and stern laws. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 30 people lose their lives every day due to drunk driving in the United States alone. (Taxman,& Piquero, 1998). Teenage drinking and driving is the primary cause of death in America. My research will focus on preventing teens from drinking and driving and reduce the amount of deaths that occur in the United States. One of the positive things of drunk driving in teenagers is that there are many things being done to help stop it. Many of the organizations have been started by families who have had a family member a victim to drunken driving accidents. These organizations have flourished all throughout the country. The media and the entertainment industry has also done numerous drives to increase awareness to encourage teens to refrain from excessive alcohol consumption and drunk driving. In recent research that has been done on preventing drinking and driving the belief that grabbing the attention of the youth will assist in the decrease the amount of death caused by drinking and driving. Increasing school awareness for drinking and driving could assist in the decrease death in young adults. (Eensoo, Paaver, & Harro, 2011) Increasing school awareness for impaired driving will not only reach out to the students but to the parents as well. School based prevention programs can provide students with information regarding the consequences of

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consuming alcohol; these programs may also attempt to influence adolescents’ perceptions of social norms of alcohol and other drug substances. (Elder, et al., 2010) Since teenagers believe that they are invincible increasing school awareness will teach teens that there are consequences to drinking and driving such as death, and jail time. Developing new ways to approach teens is not easy, schools need represent this idea that impaired driving will end a person’s life. (Fell , Todd, & Voas., 2011) Recent research has been done on lowering the BAC level which shows that lowering blood alcohol level will allow teenagers to consume less alcohol and allow them to be more responsible when driving. This article shows that a decline of 19% in fatal car crashes because of the lowering of BAC level, this study also showed 11% to 33% reductions in car...
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