Drunk Driving Persuasive Essay

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How would you feel if your loved ones got into a car crash, but not on accident? Drunk driving crashes are never accidents. Drunk driving is a serious issue. Drunk driving is also known as D.U.I. (driving under influence). When a person’s BAC (blood alcohol content) is over 0.08, this it is considered not safe to drive. Drivers who are drunk aren’t as focused on the road and are prone to causing more accidents. Laws should be harsher for drunk driving to decrease the number of innocent people getting killed annually. According to the US Department of Transportation, the vast majority of drivers with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of over 0.08 or above are unimpaired. Their reaction times are more slow, and their ability to control a vehicle is comprised. The risk of accidents rises gradually with BACs from 0.01 to 0.08 percent, but increases dramatically after a person’s BAC reaches or exceeds 0.08 percent. According to the article Drunk Driving on Gale Groups, drunk drivers in 2009 only, caused 10,839 deaths. This number represents almost one-third of all traffic related deaths that year. !0,839 people is a HUGE number of deaths and is a result of letting drunk people onto the roads. By letting these people drive, we …show more content…

According to another article on Gale Groups, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while 112 millions adults admitted to operating a vehicle while impaired. Is getting arrested for something you could easily prevent just by calling a taxi worth it? An extra $20 on taxi fare is much better than a couple years in jail. Young people between the ages of 21 and 29 make up the largest group of drivers with a BAC level of 0.08 percent or higher who are involved in these fatal crashes. If the younger ages get harsher punishments, they are less likely to drunk drive when they are older. Then the numbers will slowly decrease in every age group as time

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