Drunk driving is the leading cause of death for people from the age of six to thirty-three years old (Curran, 1). One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime (MADD, 1). Everyday thirty-six people in the United States die due to the crashes and approximately 700 more are injured in car crashes that involve alcohol-impaired drivers. This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes; one every fifty minutes (MADD, 1). “Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then drive is a year round commitment for Warwickshire and West Mercia.”- West Mercia Police.
Some of those reasons being the crime rates, the costs of what could happen, and injuries. Firearm injuries have killed more than 28,000 Americans each year since 1972 (Ruben). In 2007, thirty-one thousand two hundred twenty four Americans died due to homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. Accidental shootings happen quite often. In 2007, around seventy thousand Americans were hospitalized due to accidental shootings.
While it is true that guns are involved in thousands of deaths per year in the United States, there are things that lead to far more deaths than guns. According to Levitt, in 2009, 45,000 people died in autmobile related accidents and only 30,000 died in gun related incidents (151). Using the logic of those against gun rights, it’s the car’s fault not the driver’s fault that 45,000 people die every year. This is just an irrational attempt to shift reponsibility off of the people that actually cause these incidents. Another example that shows that guns aren’t so dangerous is that in any given year there is one drowning of a child for every 11,000 residential pools as compared to 1 death for every 1 million guns, or 175 children killed for the over 200 million guns owned in the U.S. (Levitt 150).
It has shown in statistic, that the highest risk of death for young drivers involved in fatal road crashes occur mostly during night time, particularly near midnight and into the early morning hours and especially during these times on weekends. In the Sunday telegraph, it mentions that “25 per cent of young driver p plater related accidents occur at night”. Where another Wollongong newspaper article has a storyline where a 17yr old p plater was involved in a car accident at midnight caused by speeding, with 4 of his mates in the vehicle, killing all four passengers. The surviving driver was charged with four counts of dangerous driving leading to death. Due to this, the New South Wales government implemented new restrictions on provisional licence, making it illegal for P1 drivers carry more than one underage passenger between 11pm-5am.
Dangers of Texting and Driving George Koudelka COM/155 February 09, 2014 Amy Hankins Dangers of Texting and Driving The letters LOL, TTYL, or just saying "Hey" have the power to cause an accident within seconds. The National Safety Council estimates that "1.4 million accidents occur every year due to people using their cell phones. 200,000 of those accidents alone are from texting while driving. "(How) The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications are linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life.
| |crash rates. |Alcohol related crashes have been the leading cause of death for young Americans, from 16-24 years old. | | |Accidents by alcohol impaired driver are the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S. today. | | |Drunk driving will impact 1 in 3 people. | | |[pic] | | | | | |The HBD crash rate for 16-year-old drivers is 1.8 times higher than drivers of all ages.
Violent crime is composed of four offenses: robbery, forcible rape, murder, and aggravated assault. In 2010 there were an estimated 1,246,248 violent crimes nationwide from which an estimated 362,832 were robberies. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program Crime Clock a violent crime occurred every 25.3 seconds and a robbery every 1.4 minutes (FBI, 2012). It has been said that burglaries only happen at night in dark allies, or when someone is on vacation, which is a wrong stereotype. This is simply not the case these days because crime happens everywhere and at any given moment.
1. The Harvard Center of Risk estimates there are over 6 percent crashes (which equals to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injures, 12,000 serious and 2,600 deaths each year) this accounts for over 43 billon dollars in tax payers Money each year. Source- Trade Journals (2009) 2. Drivers who use their cell phones are at least four times more likely to get into an accident that involves Injury, regardless if their phone is handheld or hands-free headsets. Source- Wire Feeds (2006) B.
According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are over a million deer in our state today and are reaching a saturation point in many parts of the Commonwealth. More people are killed as a result of deer and vehicle collisions each year than by dogs, snakes, sharks, mountain lions, bears and alligators combined. On average, 130 people are killed, making deer the most deadly animal in the United States (Thomas). Just in Fort Thomas, between 2003 and 2006 there were 47 deer and vehicle collisions reported. This results in a yearly average of 11.75 deer and vehicle collisions there.
Argument Essay There are approximately 6 million car accidents per year in the U.S, forty percent of car accidents are caused by drunk driving, thirty percent are due to driving above speed limit, and the other thirty percent are because of reckless driving. There are many causes for accidents and the use of cell phones is the minority of the causes. If the government is ready to prohibit using cell phones while driving, then they should be ready to prohibit many other things as well. This entire debate is nothing new. Distracted driving has been a hot topic since 1905, and there were no cell phones back then.