The Behavioral Impact of Drinking and Driving Laws by Bertelli and Richardson Jr.

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A few years ago, my family and I had a drunk driver crash through our front yard. This person tore up grass, destroyed pine tree, and broke numerous lawn ornaments. Less than twenty minutes before this drunk driver went through our yard, my mom and I had been walking our dogs, and if the drunk driver had gone through any earlier, my mom and I both would have been hit. This driver also destroyed a garbage barrel, and almost slammed into an electrical pole. In a way, the drunk driver had been lucky when he went through our yard, especially when we had just taken a gigantic walnut tree out of our yard two or three years prior. The driver also had two passengers with him, a woman, and a small child. The child passenger had been…show more content…
545). Bertelli and Richardson (2008) also suggest that most policies targeted towards deterrence may not work, especially if a driver shows a higher inclination for drinking and driving (Bertelli & Richardson, 2008, p. 549). After reading this information, I realized that my mom and I had either gotten extremely lucky, or we had a guardian angel that night, especially when I think about how close the driver had come to hitting the electrical pole. Furthermore, I am glad that no people were actually hurt that night, especially since this driver had two passengers, and was driving recklessly while drunk. If my mom and I had been outside when the drunk driver went through our yard, we might not have been hit by his car, but could still have been hit by pieces of lawn ornaments that were strewn all across our yard. The article “Validity of surrogate measures of alcohol involvement when applied to nonfatal crashes” says that most times if property damage results when a person drives drunk, the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is rarely, if ever, tested (Voas, Romano, & Peck, 2009, p.522). I found this information fairly interesting, especially when my family eventually found out that the driver’s blood alcohol concentration was well over the limit, and he probably should have been hospitalized after crashing through our yard as well as taking out numerous mail boxes down the road from our house. The article “The

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