September 8, 2012
The title of my article is “Underage Drinking Laws Save 732 Lives per Year” by Ada Demb and Corbin Campbell. This article explains how law enforcement has cracked down significantly on under 21 possession purchase and consumption laws. It also explains the problems of drinking at the college level. The topic is a problem because way too many underage people are getting behind the wheel after becoming intoxicated and it is taking way too many innocent lives. The issue is complex because it will be impossible to prevent every single person who drinks from getting behind the wheel no matter what laws they put into place. One of my best friends was killed by a drunk driver when I was a Sr. in high school so I thought it would be a good idea to learn more about what laws have been passed to prevent as many people from possible from getting behind the wheel. Interdisciplinary Evaluation
This topic is definitely interdisciplinary because just one discipline such as law enforcement cannot prevent people from driving drunk. It takes education, communication. I don’t think people will ever understand how severe the problem is until they lose someone close to them as a result of somebody else’s ignorance. Summary
In summary this article was about (as just mentioned) how the possession laws and the purchase laws are saving hundreds of lives every year (alcohol highway state legislation). This article was about a research project that studied the differences in car accidents involving drivers under the influence and drivers who were completely sober whose collision was truly an “accident.” The study found that from 1986-2004, there was a decrease every year in the amount of fatal crashes due to driving under the influence, and these decreases was credited to the possession, purchase, zero tolerance, and use and lose laws (Digests of State Alcohol Highway Safety Related Legislation). These strict...
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