Drunk Driving Correlation Principle Essay

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The correlation principle states if two or more different people attempt, or succeed in an act, but their outcomes are clearly very different, those people should not all be punished in the same way. Husak's argument using the correlation principle was the most persuasive part of his article. The correlation principle is very helpful in proving that drunk driving is not as serious of an offense as many people make it out to be. His argument using the principle is also very easy to understand and agree with since it does correlate well with the people who are getting in trouble for drinking and driving by bringing up the fact that not everyone is the same, even though the government treats everyone similarly. Different people tolerate alcohol in different ways. Even though this is true, the government treats everyone as the average American with a BAC limit of .1. Husak makes the argument that it is not a fair assumption to think that everyone in The United States of America is the same when it comes to toleration of alcohol. There are many people who drink often and if someone were to look at them, or talk to them they would not know that the person who drank so much is impaired. There are also others who do not drink often that do not tolerate alcohol well. Those who do not tolerate alcohol well are obviously impaired. People who tolerate alcohol well may have an above average BAC, but not be impaired since they are more experienced. People who have such a great toleration for alcohol should not be lumped in with the others who do not and cause accidents. If they are punished, then it should not be in the same way as the people with no tolerance are punished since those people caused more of a risk to others than they did. The correlation argument obviously applies here since it states that different people should not be punished in the same ways. Another

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