The Problems of Drinking and Driving

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What possesses a person to get behind the wheel and drive while drunk? This question is always asked whenever a drunk driver is involved in a drinking and driving incident. Driving is a privilege given to responsible people and not a right; it should be taken seriously because there are always going to be lives at risk when driving. Most people enjoy a drink from time to time and that’s not so much of a problem, the problem is when they get drunk and lose control. If you consider driving then the problem gets even worse. Drinking and driving is a one of the biggest problems when it comes to driving and it is against the law. Every injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally preventable. Although the percentage of crashes that are alcohol-related has dropped dramatically in recent years, there are still way too many preventable accidents. Unfortunately, in spite of great progress, alcohol-impaired driving remains a serious national problem that tragically affects many victims on a yearly basis. A couple of years ago a student from J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate had attended a party. They had all different types of alcohol at this party. He didn’t obey the law and apparently he was driving under the influence of alcohol and he got in an accident and passed away. This was obviously devastating news to everyone that knew him and the thing that made it even sadder is that he was so young and only a few days away from graduating high school. Drinking and driving is irresponsible and our lives are just too valuable to throw away in such a way that is so preventable. FACT The average Blood Alcohol Content among fatally injured drinking drivers is .16 The relative risk of death for drivers in single-vehicle crashes with a high Blood Alcohol Content is 385 times that of a zero-Blood Alcohol Content driver and for male drivers the risk is 707 times that of a

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