How Does the Bottle Taste in Prison? Essay

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Every day twenty-seven people die as a result of drunk driving which equates to approximately 10,000 people a year. Driving under the influence is a crime when a person’s blood level of alcohol exceeds the legal limit of 0.08%. Standard penalties against first time offenders include: having their driver’s licenses revoked and paying a fine ranging from $500-$2,000. All drunk drivers should be imprisoned for eight or more months because they are likely to repeat the offense, they cause most automobile fatalities/injuries, and drivers can participate in rehabilitation programs while incarcerated.
The first reason drunk drivers should be imprisoned because they are likely to repeat the behavior. Sadly, a DUI does not stop offenders from repetitively having a bottle in one hand and the other on the steering wheel. Most offenders lack the willingness to break this bad habit. In fact according to “About Drunk Driving”, “About one-third of the drunk driving problem – arrests, crashes, deaths, and injuries – comes from repeat offenders” (4). Offenders may not kill someone on the first offense but the percentage rises once the offense is repeated. According to Laura Dean-Mooney, a MAPP representative, “Unfortunately, the criminal justice system’s ‘catch and release’ approach to drunk driving remains a huge threat to public safety” (4). By implementing several harsh penalties, criminals will realize that drinking under the influence is not acceptable. According to one statistic,…