Drunk Driving As A Social Problem
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Social DrinkingIf you drive when you are either intoxicated or drunk, you are placing yourself and others at great risk. Drunk driving or driving with a high blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) places you and others at a greatly increased risk of highway injuries, car accidents and vehicular deaths.
You may ask, “How is drunk driving defined?” The definition of drunk driving is consistent throughout the United States. Every state and the District of Columbia define impairment as driving with a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) at or above 0.08 percent.
In addition, they all have zero tolerance laws prohibiting drivers under the age of 21 from drinking and driving. Generally the BAC in these cases is 0.02 percent.
If you wonder how big a problem drunk driving is then consider this. The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that there is an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 40 minutes in the United States.
Alcohol-impaired accidents are those that involve at least one driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above. According to NHTSA, 12,998 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2007. This was down 3.7% from 13,491 in 2006. In 2007, alcohol-impaired accident fatalities accounted for 32 percent of all crash fatalities.
It is important to remember that every single injury and death that is caused by drunk driving is completely preventable. The proportion of drunk driving crashes has dropped dramatically in the last few decades, but there are still far too many such preventable accidents. Unfortunately, in spite of much progress, drunk driving remains a serious national problem.
The issue of utmost importance is, “How can this problem be solved? Are there some solutions to the problem of drunk driving?”
Like most other social problems, there is no simple...