Drinking and Driving

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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...
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