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13 July 2014
Teen Driving Issues Project
Topic: Drinking and Driving
Part 1 - Identify the Issue
There are several factors that might influence teenagers to drink. It could be because of parental influence, or a common sight within their neighborhoods. However, more often than not, it has to do with peer pressure. Underage drinking is problematic, needless to say. It affects the driver’s vision and reaction times which often leads to crashes and in most cases- deaths.
31% of drivers from the ages of 15 to 20 lost their lives after drinking and driving in the year 2008 (NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, Young Drivers, 2008). According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization, “Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.” Annually, about 4,700 lose their lives to drunk teenagers behind the wheel (NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, 2011).
MADD is one of the organizations working to solve the issue. They hold walks nations-wide to raise awareness of teens and drunk driving and its potential risks. They have volunteer opportunities for people who are interested in helping spread the word. On their website, you are encouraged to take a pledge against drunk driving.
Another organization working on the drinking and driving issue is AAA. They have a “DUI Justice Link: A Resource to Help Reduce Drunken Driving” website. It explains the problem facing drunk drivers and stresses the consequences. They have worked with many traffic safety departments to “distribute alcohol-awareness literature”. AAA also hosts annual “Mocktail Mix-Off Contests”. They show people how to make nonalcoholic drinks as “alternatives to alcoholic cocktails”. Part 2 - Solutions for the Issue
In my opinion, we are not prompted in school about the dangers of driving under the influence. They should hold assemblies dedicated to informing students of the dangers and how to avoid them. Also, (looking a bit into the...
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