Name: Brandon Adrien Teen Driving Issues Project Topic: Drunk Driving |Section Heading |Information | |Why is this a problem, |This is truly a great problem because according to the DMV, being intoxicated while driving is a common cause | |especially for teen |of very serious crashes, especially those that are fatal, involving teenage drivers. | |drivers? | | |Statistics from |More than 10,000 people die by drunk driving and hundreds of thousands have been injured. | |research regarding teen|Every year, about 708,000 people get injured in crashes related to alcohol. | |crash rates.
However, to a large extend the figures in the two sources do show that prohibition was not successful. The public were producing more and more alcohol as a result of the restrictions placed on them. Prohibition went against the previously accepted way of life and restricting this only helped to push the production and drinking of alcohol underground. People became very clever at finding ways to obtain recipes for producing their own alcohol and the 25% increase in illegal stills seized by the government proves this. If the police were doing their job properly, the figures should be decreasing not increasing.
Two drugs that are prevalent in these communities are crack cocaine and methamphetamine. A report done by the National Household Survey on drug abuse indicates that an estimated 6,222,000 US residents aged twelve and older used crack at least once in their lifetime. The survey also revealed that hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults use crack coca in. 150,000 individuals aged 12 to 17 and 1,003,000 individuals aged 18 to 25 used the drug at least once. (Center, 2008).
Currently, you are legally able to drive at age 16½. However, the minimum age should be raised to 18. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways in 2012. Drivers under the age of 18 years old took up 64% of that statistic. Compared to 2011, the amount of fatalities increased 3.3%.
Out of these 32,000, suicide accounts for 60% of all gun related deaths in the U.S. About 3% of gun related deaths are accidental. The remaining 34% accounts for homicide related deaths caused by firearms. That comes to about 11,000 gun related deaths per year, but out of these,
A Social Problem In America alone people take about two hundred and thirty three trips in cars each year, of all these, one out of two thousand of these trips are being taken by drunk or drugged individuals. Statistics show that one of three traffic tragedies involve drunk drivers. Approximately nine thousand eight hundred seventy eight people died in car crashes in the year 2011. Due to these high numbers it was determined that this was a social problem in which the whole nation should pay close attention
He also said, “Drunk driving is a major cause of highway deaths. Drunk drivers account for one half of all the deaths caused on the roads in the United States.” Of those drunk drivers according to Cohalan, males between the ages of 16 and 24 are involved in 50 percent of highway deaths and 36 percent of traffic accidents, but are only 19 percent of licensed drivers. Young male adults between the ages of 16 and 24 are at high risk for motor vehicle accidents, “like a number of folks in the audience,” Cohalan said. The life expectancy of these young male adults has decreased in the last 20 years particularly due to drinking and driving, said Cohalan. And according to Cohalan, because the drinking age was recently raised to 21, lives will be saved.
In 2010, firearms accounted for 40% of teen suicides ("Childtrendsdatabank.org," 2013). Statistics shows that 19.3% of high school students, contemplated suicide and 14.5% made actual plans to commit suicide ("Teensuicidestatistics.com", 2012). This
“There were 33,808 people died in traffic crashes in 2009 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,839 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunken driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic deaths last year, that is, on average someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crash about every 50 minutes in the U.S.” (Century Council,
Currently, college students mainly drink due to the convenience of accessibility to obtain substances from older acquaintances or friends who also enjoy having a good time. As a result, the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving and federal experts in health regulation have consistently fought to prevent the alcohol industry from altering the drinking age (Kirszner, Mandell 458). Furthermore, it is unethical and immoral practice for parents to be allowing minors to consume alcohol, as this is also illegal and detrimental to one’s overall growth and development. Although some countries in Europe may argue otherwise, intoxication levels are higher in Britain, Denmark and Ireland,