Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol

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Driving under the influence of alcohol not only presents a danger to the driver, but also to every other motorist or pedestrian near the roadway. Being intoxicated impairs ones judgment, vision and reaction time, all of which is critical when operating any motor vehicle. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 6–27 and alcohol is a big factor to those numbers (jstor). Every 20 minutes, someone will die in an alcohol related traffic accident. Most people think it could never happen to them but experts estimate that everyone has at least a 40% chance of being in a crash that involves alcohol use sometime in their life. According to a survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drunken driving is the number 1 highway safety problem. Some believe that better education, more police and higher penalties, the number of alcohol related deaths and accidents can be reduced(madd). Ever since the 1980s, the number of alcohol related injuries and fatalities on the roads have gone down significantly. Yet, drunk driving is still one of the main causes of death and serious injury. Between 93’ and 96’, injuries in drunk driving accidents had begun to come up again. But in 1997 however, this reversed and there was another decrease in the number of injuries and deaths (study). The next year in 1997, there were approximately 540 fatalities and over 16,000 injuries involving drivers with a BAC over the legal limit (study). The sad part is that over half of those
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