The drinking age should not be lowered to 18. Lowering the drinking age from 21 years old to 18 years old could lead to an increase in dangerous behavior such as drunken driving and car accidents, risk of developing alcoholism and people under the age of 21 do not fully understand the dangers of alcohol. A teenage driver and alcohol is a dangerous combination. Drinking and driving accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers. “Traffic deaths from drunken driving have fallen steadily, with those involving teenagers 16 to 19 declining by 39.1 percent from 1982 to 1990, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)”.
By the third offense of impaired driving you while get a 30 day suspension, must attend a mandatory alcohol treatment program, 150$ fine and for six months ignition interlock. If you have a blood alcohol level over 0.08 you will have much more serious consequences. Such as, 1000$ fine, eventually a lifetime licence suspension and other serious consequences. There are also other consequences, drunk or impaired driving can lead to accidents, you can seriously injure yourself or someone else or it can even lead to someone's death. This is something you cannot take back, it can be something that ruins your life, impaired driving is a serious offense that should be dealt with seriously and not taken lightly.
Banning hand-held devices will not necessarily improve our safety and of others if drivers simply switch to hands free phones. There are two ways that using a cell phone can contribute to the dangers while driving. In order to dial on a cell phone, you must take your eyes off of the road, and after you dial, you can become so engrossed in your conversation that your focus can shift and is no longer on driving or the safety of everyone in the car and on the road which puts you and others at risk. If you use a cell phone while driving, you are more likely prone to being involved in a serious accident which could lead to a horrible accident or even death! One of the most common distractions facing drivers is the use of a cell phone.
Because of this many people die for no reason. In addition, Secondly, banning cell phones while driving will decrease the amount of teenager’s death in car accidents. For example, according to http://www.car-accidents.com/teen-car-accidents.html, 5000 teenagers die by car accidents. If teenagers don’t use cell phones while driving, 1200 teenagers are going to be excluded from the list. This shows the reader to know that how life is important and nothing can compare to teenager’s life.
“More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries” (The Marin Institute). With a number as high as this, lowering the drinking age would only increase this ongoing problem of underage drinking. It has even been proven by the Marin Institute to be the leading cause of death among teenagers. Many adults feel as if the 18 to 21 age groups cannot handle drinking responsibly, then they should not be permitted to use it. Alcohol is a very serious depressant and one of the leading problems for death (Hanson, 2007).
Even those Bluetooth headsets raise the potential risk of an accident. Even though a person’s hands may be free of the cellular device, he or she is still being distracted by the conversation. Cell phone usage while driving causes 2,500 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year. People who drive while talking on a cell phone raise the risk of an accident or death. Recent studies show that a person driving while talking on a cell phone has less awareness of the road than a person who is driving drunk.
Also when you’re more likely to lose focus on what you should be doing like driving? Within those few seconds you check your phone that can be your life or someone else life in the palm of your hand. That is a guilt that you don’t want to live with for the rest of your life. So don’t text and drive. Why have safe distances between you and another car?
Visual distraction is caused by taking your eyes off the road to check a text message, or to reply to a text message. Just taking your eyes off the road for a second can be a very fatal move. Manual distraction is caused by taking your hands off the steering wheel to pick your phone up to check your messages or to answer a call. If you do not keep your hands on the wheel, it can cause you to swerve into another lane, or lose control of your vehicle. Cognitive distraction is when you take your mind and focus off of what you are doing.
Talking on the cell phone while driving is illegal, because of the dangers they cause. It’s the main reason of accident. This matter is too dangerous to let go without taking action. There are major dangers connected with driving and cell phone use. Drivers have to take their eyes off the road while dialling.
Some states have banned the use of use of cellphone use unless used with a hands free device and some states banned texting while driving. If all cell phone use is banned while driving, some accidents will not occur. Are accidents rates lower for drivers that do not use cell phones? We know that car accidents happen daily, caused by faulty equipment and weather. The truth of the matter is that sometimes accidents cannot be avoided, but if adding in a distraction such as cell phone use, it increases the accident rate.