Don’t Drink and Drive
Driving under the influence of alcohol has affected and devastated countless lives. Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous situations you can put yourself or someone else into. The evidence against driving while intoxicated is massive and it has left a long trail of broken dreams and lives. If you drink and drive, not only do you possibly put yourself at risk, but your passengers and pedestrians, and other people on the roads. According to the most recent statistics by the National Commission Against Drunk Driving is that 17, 000 Americans die each year in alcohol related traffic crashes and 600,000 Americans are injured. That’s an average of one death every thirty minutes. Just think about that. Every thirty minutes someone’s life is cut short and families are devastated. These victims could easily be your friends, relatives, or classmates. The majority of the injuries related to the alcohol related crashes are not just cuts and bruises. People get paralyzed, severely disfigured, or lose the ability to live a normal life, work, or play with their children and now rely heavily on the aid of others. When you drive drunk it doesn’t affect only you, it can also affect other innocent drivers and their families. When people drink and drive their judgment is clouded. They don’t think about how their actions will affect the people around them. Because they aren’t thinking straight, most of the time they don’t realize how drunk they really are. Because of this, they think they’re okay to drive. A lot of people think that it takes four or five drinks to become intoxicated. But the truth is, if they’ve had more than one or two drinks, they’re probably not okay to drive. The legal limit in Oregon is .08% blood alcohol concentration. This is not a set number of drinks. The amount of drinks it takes to get to this level depends on your gender and body
weight. If you’re a woman, it takes fewer drinks to raise your blood alcohol concentration than if you’re a man. Also, the less you weigh, the faster you will become intoxicated. For example, if you’re a woman that weighs around one hundred pounds, after one drink, your blood level will be around .05. That means that after only two drinks, you would be above the legal limit to drive. This is also affected by other things like physical condition, amount of food eaten, and medications you are taking. Alcohol tends to lower your blood sugar level, so it could be dangerous if you have some sort of blood sugar issue like diabetes. Also, the alcohol will react faster and stronger on an empty stomach. There are also certain medications that can make you react badly to alcohol. Most people don’t realize that these things can make them a hazard on the road.
I really liked what one woman said, “Don’t drink and drive because you don’t want to have to live with killing someone.” As the women said, you should do whatever you can to keep people from driving drunk whether you have to hide the keys or drive them home yourself, because you never know who’s life you’re going to save and who it will affect. We all have heard or read about the dangers of drinking and driving and what it can do to a person, right? Of course. With each passing year, people get more informed about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Why is it, then, people still make that risky decision to get behind the wheel after having a “few” drinks? And why do teens, and children not old enough to drive, still ride passenger with a drunk driver?
We are now in the twenty first century and most of everyone knows that alcohol is one of the leading causes of death in teens and is the cause of a whole 50% of all fatal car accidents. But did you know, by calculating that information, drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 make up ...
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