The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

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Did you know that when you drive under the influence the likelihood of getting into an accident is 1.4 times more probable than if you did not? The Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 60 percent of all teen deaths in car accidents are alcohol related. Drunk driving cannot only hurt yourself but also the cars and pedestrians around you. Of the 1,746 traffic fatalities among children ages 0 to 14, about one out of every six involved an alcohol impaired driver. To stop all the fatalities and injures from drunk driving awareness should be promoted, laws should be enforced, and students should know what to do if they are put in a drunk driving situation. Promoting awareness would be the first breakthrough measure to teach teenagers not to drink and drive.

The number one way to prevent teenage drunk driving would be to promote awareness. To way to promote awareness would be to directly educate students. All schools should raise awareness about the risks, injures, and deaths caused by driving under the influence of alcohol. For example how teenage drunk driving kills eight teens everyday. Knowledge and information about teen drunk driving could also be recognized by building billboards with data to inform the public. Even small facts like how drivers are less likely to use seat belts when they have been driving under the influence. After educating students and the public the next course of action would be to have the law enforced.

The enforcement of laws would also play a major role in preventing teen drunk driving. As stated by the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that 24,560 lives have been saved by minimizing the drinking age laws since 1975. There are important reasons for laws, such as a drinking age. For instance the NIAAA explains that the rate of fatal crashes among alcohol-involved drivers between 16 and 20 years old is more than twice the rate for...
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