Stricter DUI Penalties Needed! Essay

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Alcohol is the main beverage for parties and special occasions in the United States. Many people decide to drink alcohol because it helps them relax, ease tension and socializing. Even most non-drinkers are forced to drink alcohol because of peer pressure. Hebert Moskowitz, the president of the Southern California Research Institute in Los Angeles, concedes that “alcohol has been so popular these days; it seems as though alcohol is a requirement for parties” (Moskowitz, 13). Unfortunately, most UNM students do not know their limits for alcohol consumption. By the time a party is over, they fail to realize that they had one too many drinks and they decide to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and…show more content…
There have been many records of supreme court cases in New Mexico where drunk drivers are not being charged for DUI such as: State v. Lizzol, 2006; State v. Arroyos, 2005; Sanchez v. Kirby, 2001; State v. Wenger, 1999, etc. Each and every one of these cases resulted in the court dismissing the charges for no reason. Usually if a person is arrested and sent to jail for DUI there is a high chance that the exact same person will drink and drive again; this time he or she may take the life of one of your own family member (Moskowitz, 12). I believe many students continue to drink and drive because they think they are able to get away with it. Many students believe if they are able to get away with it once, they will believe they can get away with it twice. Numerous UNM students believe that they won’t get into an accident because they believe are responsible and won’t hurt anyone, but they are wrong because alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time. In the campaign, “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose,” it stated in the commercial that police are setting up more DWI check points. Personally in my experience when I drove home late around 12 or 1 o’clock in the morning on the weekdays or weekends, I have never even seen any DWI check point set up. Even on the main highways I rarely saw any police cars. One of
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