Persuasive Essay On Drunk Driving

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“Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 51 minutes,” ("Impaired Driving: Get the Facts | Motor Vehicle Safety | CDC Injury Center"). Drunk driving is the act of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving takes over 10,000 lives annually. It is an exceedingly serious and perilous issue that we face here in the United States, and it should not be taken lightly by the government or the public. SECTION HEADER Drunk driving has been a serious issue in the United States ever since the 1900’s. Driving during or after drinking alcohol is not only threatening for the driver themselves, but also threatening to the people around them. ”In 1980, 28,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes,” (Koch) “Drunken-driving deaths dropped to a record low in 1999, when “only” 15,786 people died,” (Koch). According to NHTSA, “10,497 deaths from alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2016,” ("Drunk Driving"). “Of the 10,497 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2016, there were 6,479 drivers (62%) who had BACs of .08 g/dL or higher. The remaining fatalities consisted of 3,070 motor vehicle occupants (29%) and 948 nonoccupants (9%),” ("Traffic Safety Facts 2016 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving"). Nearly one-third of deaths from accidents on the roads, are created by drunk driving. The amount of deaths from drunk driving has been slowly decreasing over the

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