IncreasingDrunk Driving Statistics
Alcoholcauses many road accidents in America. Alcohol-impaired accidentshave been on the rise in the last few years, which shows that it is ahuge problem affecting the society. As such, it needs to be addressedto lower the increasing statistics of drunk driving.
Thesis:Drunk driving is dangerous to drivers, as well as, other road userssuch as pedestrians, and therefore people should avoid driving whendrunk to reduce the loss of lives on the roads.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is categorized as a violent crime in the United States.
Numerous citizens are injured in car crashes that are caused by alcohol.
Almost every forty minutes, an innocent road user loses his life due to drunk driving (NHTSA, 2012). In 2007 for instance, over 13,000 people lost their lives in accidents related to drunk driving.
The cost of drunk-driving-related accidents is very high to the society in terms of medical bill, rehabilitations, and damage to property among others.
A large proportion of drunk driving offenders are teenagers, particularly those in their mid-teenage.
Immaturity, peer pressure and lack of driving experience are the leading causes of drunk driving among young adults (CDC, 2016).
Most teenagers acquire their driving licenses before turning 18 compared to the few who wait until they attain the recommended age to undertake graduated driver`s license (GDL) programs (AAAFTS).
Numerous concerns have been raised regarding early licensing of teenagers because they are highly vulnerable to peer influence.
This often leads them to fun activities like partying where they drink then drive back to their places. Similarly, research shows that most drunk drivers are unable to say ‘no’ to their friends due to lack of a designated driver.
Driving when drunk is dangerous despite the amount consumed.
In most cases, drunk drivers may not feel the effects of alcohol in their systems, however, how little.
The reason is that alcohol in the blood may affect the consumer gradually rather than rapidly.
Therefore, one may not be able to tell if he is drunk when getting into a car.
Alcohol acts as a depressant, which implies that it slows down the normal functioning of the brain causing delayed reactions (CDC, 2016)
. It also causes blurred vision, which may prevent one from seeing the road ahead clearly.
This makes it difficult for one to drive in a straight line, which increases the chances of collisions on the road.
Drunkdriving is a violent criminal offense that is rising day by day.Drinking while drunk poses a threat to one`s life and other roadusers. The fraction of people who lose their lives in road accidentsrelated to drunk driving is extremely high, and it comes with a heftycost to the society. Furthermore, this criminal activity is commonamong teenagers who acquire the licenses early then drive under peerinfluence. Drunk driving is dangerous despite the amount of alcoholconsumed.
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NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration. (2012). Alcohol-impaireddriving. TrafficSafety Facts: 2006 Data.