The Causes And Consequences Of Drunk Driving And Driving

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As of the end of 2016, there were approximately 37,461 fatalities (a National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) statistic) caused by drunk driving within the United
States. In comparison to how many people there are in the US all together this number may not be startling, but for everyone touched by these fatalities, this number is simply too high. So, who is to blame for these accidents? Is it the alcohol’s fault for intoxicating or the driver's fault for choosing to drive? This may seem like an easy answer but for a long time, alcohol has been blamed for many problems within society. This blame reached its peak in the 1920’s when
“prohibition” was put into effect. Prohibition made the creation, selling, and shipping of alcohol illegal if it was intended for recreational consumption. While prohibition was repealed in 1933 a smaller scale prohibition went into effect in 1984. This prohibition has a new name though it is called The National Minimum Drinking Age Act (NMDA). This act forced all states to adopt a minimum legal drinking age of 21 or suffer a loss in state highway funding. Rather than to create a perfect world like the 1920’s tried to this modern prohibition was created to lower alcohol- impaired driving fatalities (AIDF) rates among adolescents.
Since the NMDA was put into effect it’s success has been undeniable and has also lowered drinking rates in adolescents under 18 altogether. However, while age groups below 44 years have seen at least a
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