DRUNK DRIVING IS DANGEROUS AFTER ALL 5
If you regularly watch television, a movie fan or you like watchingvideos online, you must probably have come across an alcohol advertthat had the warning message “Excessive consumption of alcohol isharmful to your health. Do not drink and drive”. Although themessage is often written in fine print, or when in speech, it is saidhurriedly, you still get the message- do not drink and drive. By thefact that the government has forced all alcohol manufactures toinclude the warning in their adverts, it proves that indeed oursociety has a drunk-driving problem.
Before we address the elephant in the room, we need to take a sneakpeak of the background of the issue. Until 1961, drink driving wasnot categorized under traffic offenses. Maybe people were notdrinking as much as they do today, or there were not as many cars asthey are today.
In 1961, the legislature introduced the Road Traffic Act of 1961.According to Citizen Information (2016), the Act aimed at restoringsanity on the roads after motor accidents proved to be too rampant tobear. Among the offences that were enlisted therein were fourcategories of drunken driving (Citizen Information, 2016). Over theyears, there have been several amendments to the Act with the latestbeing in 2016, which introduced lower alcohol limits for new drivers.
The laws have seen numerous incarcerated and develop criminal recordsthat will haunt them in the future. Many have lost good jobsfinancially because of drunk driving. Suspended driving licenses,higher insurance premiums, and difficulty finding employment, arejust some of the consequences of drunk driving.
Mark you these are only the legal consequences of the offence. Weare far from exhausting all the effects because they areoverwhelming. Surprisingly, most people who get arrested for drunkdriving are usually aware of the consequences- both legal and relatedconsequences (Citizen Information, 2016). It therefore beats logicwhy they would still chose to engage in the same.
One of the devastating effects of drink driving is the loss of life.As you all know, human life is very precious. Nothing that seeks tojeopardize the very existence of human beings should be tolerated.However, as it appears, human beings have forgotten the importancethat is associated with human life to the extent of accepting drunkdriving as a socially acceptable behavior.
Many are the times I have heard grown men and women brag to theirfriends how they managed to evade busting even though they weredriving under the influence of alcohol. If you Google “how to avoidbeing caught for DUI” there are a myriad of suggestions teachingpeople how to drink and drive and get away with it. What they do notrealize is that they are helping potential killers to evade arrest.In my view, they are not much different from terrorist sympathizers.
According to the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention,CDC (2016), the annual number of deaths that are related to drunkdriving stands at 10,000 in the United States alone. To make it morerealistic, the study shows that a person is killed by drink drivingat intervals of 1 minute and 53 seconds. The deaths occur to thedrunk drivers themselves or other innocent road users.
Come to think of it, drunk driving kills more people than terrorists.It therefore beats logic that were are wearier of foreign terroristsinvading our country while in real sense we have our own brand ofhome-grown terrorists. I call them terrorists because they committhese heinous acts on their own volition.
We can reduce instances of drink driving through extensive civileducation programs. As it stands, it appears as though stifferpenalties have done little to discourage the vice. Maybe it is timewe thought of other way to manage the menace instead of threateningpeople with jail time. As we speak, some of the drivers convicted ofdrunk driving have been in and out of court many times than they canremember. This is a clear indication that jail term and fines are notworking. According to Stanford University, civic education emphasizesthe importance of being good citizens (Stanford.edu, 2007). Itbestows upon the people the power to choose to be valuable members ofthe society.
I would like to conclude by restating that drunk driving has become amenace of the 21st. It is the responsibility of everyright-thinking citizen to help stop the vice. As the cliché goes,you are either part of the problem, or part of the solution.
I urge you all to aspire to be part of the solution. You do not haveto arrest all drunk drivers in order to play your part something assimple as castigating those who notify drunk drivers of police stopsalong the highway, will have helped contain the mess. Unnecessarydeaths due to accidents caused by drunk driving are slowly becomingcommon in our lifetime. I do not like this trend. Neither should you.That is why I am urging you to take part in stopping drunk driving.
Centers forDisease Control and Prevention, CDC, (2016). ImpairedDriving: Get the Facts. Retrieved from<http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html>accessed July 19, 2016.
Citizen Information. (2016). Drink driving offenses. Retrievedfrom<http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/motoring_1/driving_offences/drink_driving_offences_in_ireland.html>accessed July 19, 2016.
Stanford.edu. (2007). Civic education. Retrieved from<http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/civic-education/> accessedJuly 19, 2016.