On the night of May 14, 1988, Larry Mahoney was drunk, so drunk that his blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) was more than twice Kentucky’s legal limit. Regardless, Mahoney got behind the wheel of his pickup truck and proceeded to drive northbound in the southbound lane of Interstate 71, crashing head-on into a church bus returning from an amusement park. The collision ruptured the bus’s gas tank, causing a fire that killed twenty-three children and four adults and injured a dozen others. Mahoney had no recollection that he had caused the deaths of twenty-seven people until he woke up in a hospital bed the following morning with only minor injuries. He was convicted of assault, manslaughter, wanton endangerment, and drunken driving and was sent to the Kentucky State Reformatory, where he served a nine-and-a-half-year sentence. Most of you probably didn’t realize that this many lives could be affected in just one accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 10,839 people will die in drunk driving accidents this year. That’s one death every 50 minutes. Today, I would like to inform you about what happens in your body when you drink, the financial consequences of drunk driving, and organizations that can help. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), car wrecks are the leading cause of death for people in America who are under the age of 24, and about 40 percent of those deaths are somehow related to alcohol. Many of those in this statistic were the drivers or passengers of drunk drivers, and recent Driving Under Influence (DUI) statistics are showing increasing trends. States are cracking down on drunk driving. DUI and DWI laws across the nation are becoming stricter and being enforced with greater diligence. Why is drunk driving such a big deal? What happens to your body when you drink that makes driving so dangerous? Alcohol slows the...
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