Driving under the influence of alcohol has affected and devastated countless people’s lives. Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous situations you can put yourself or someone else into. If you drink and drive, not only do you possibly put yourself at risk but your passengers, as well as other people on the roads too. “Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.”(DoSomething.org) These victims could easily be your friends, family, or neighbors. The majority of the injuries related to the alcohol-related crashes are not just cuts and bruises, people got paralyzed, severely disfigured, or even the loss of a life. We need to put a stop to drunk driving and there are numerous ways to prevent it from taking away someone’s life over something that can very well be prevented.
There are legal consequences due to drinking. The more a person drinks, the more their ability to make important decisions becomes impaired. After just one drink, a driver can lose their ability to perform the tasks necessary to drive a car. At a certain point, a driver will become illegally intoxicated and can be arrested for attempting to operate a motor vehicle. The legal system needs harsher punishment for people who drink and drive drunk. Someone who gets pulled over and caught under the influence of alcohol should go to jail and stay in there until their court date which will maybe make them think about what could of happened if they got into an accident and potentionally hurt of killed someone. If we stiffen the penalties for impaired driving, it may very well make repeat offenders think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, or even the first time for that matter. “During the year 2007, alcohol-impaired driving was involved in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Americans.” (facts.randomhistory.com) These statistics are too high. Longer jail sentences for...
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