Drunk Driving Essay

1344 WordsDec 12, 20126 Pages
Solutions to an Avoidable Epidemic On a normal hot, summer day Mariah McCarthy and her two best friends woke up with the intent of a regular day; little did they know that their lives would change drastically forever that night. The three girls were planning on staying the night at Mariah’s house and decided to walk to their other friend’s home at about midnight. On their way back home, an underage drunk driver hit them. Mariah’s sister received the phone call of her worst nightmare. When the paramedics reached the girls, they didn’t have a heartbeat. The three beautiful, innocent girls had lost their life to someone else’s single mistake, choice and action. With tragedies such as Mariah’s becoming far to consistent in our society, the issue of drunk driving needs continued investigation and education with solutions. The definition of Drunk driving is operating a motor vehicle while one's blood alcohol content is above the legal limit set by law, which supposedly is the level at which a person cannot drive safely. If you value your time, money and the lives of your loved ones you might want to be aware of the consequences of drunk driving. The World Health Organization reported that 3 out of every 10 people will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some point in their life, as the driver or the passenger. That means that roughly 9 people in this classroom today will be involved in a drunk driving accident during their lifetime. Many of you and myself will be getting our license this year….well hopefully! we will be faced head on with the epidemic that continues to have severe and life threatening consequences for those involved. If we simply take a few steps against drunk driving we can help decrease this epidemic. Drunk driving, not only can kill innocent people, it is a costly issue for all drivers. Drinking and driving leads to higher

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