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Alcohol is a drug, a very popular drug. Alcohol has been around for a long time, and people have always enjoyed it's effects. Many people have passions for alcohol, some people have refrigerators filled with beer, many others are wine connoisseurs. Alcohol always seems to liven up the party. But no matter what your preference is, alcohol can be very dangerous when combined with the operation of an automobile. If you can remember only a few things from this report remember this: driving drunk is unsafe to you, and everyone else around you, the drivers of other cars, pedestrians, etc... Driving drunk can also be very, very costly: insurance surcharges, insurance rates, tickets,...
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Every year almost 20,000 people are killed in accidents involving people (or persons) under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That means that someone is killed from alcohol-related accidents approximately every 7 hours and 29 minutes. These types of accidents end up costing the nation almost $50 billion dollars each year. Which is a rise of 4% since 1994.Every year, the police give a breath test to 1.2 - 1.4 million car drivers and about 7,000- 10,000 boat drivers to eliminate drunken drivers endangering traffic. If a person is suspected of drunken driving he/she is submitted to a blood test. The police can learn that a person is guilty of drunken driving by a special accuracy...
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Assignment # 1The Problem/the Facts/the SolutionToday in our life we have too many people that like to drink and drive. Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally preventable. Although the proportion of crashes that are alcohol-related has dropped dramatically in recent decades, there are still far too many such preventable accidents. Unfortunately, in spite of great progress, alcohol-impaired driving remains a serious national problem that tragically affects many victims annually. In my second article I found is called the facts. Well in my opinion most drivers who have had something to drink have low blood alcohol content or...
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You’re in a world full of no traffic signs, no steering wheel, no seatbelt, and even no other cars on the road; it may seem like a mere example of heaven and laziness, but no. You’re just drunk. Drunk driving gives you a feeling of invincibility and strength to do whatever you feel like. But in reality, you’re even more prone to being severely injured or dying.
The brain is a sensitive organ that is used to send signals to the whole body. In an article “Alcohol Alert: Drinking and Driving”, It states, “Driving involves multiple tasks” (1). So as people drink, the brain is being diminished of the ability to send signals to other parts of the body. This causes a bad multitasking ability that...
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The Saturday night party was the place to be. Anyone who is anyone was there. John’s curfew is midnight and its 12:05. Mark had been doing quite a lot of drinking and he was John’s ride home. John questioned whether or not he wanted to get in the car with Mark, but thought about how mad his parents were going to be. He was already five minutes late. Saying to himself “Just this one time,” he decided to get in the car. John never made it home that night. Mark had rolled the car off the bridge one mile away from his house. John lost his life all because he was afraid of getting grounded. There are many situations similar to John’s, and in a lot of them, no one survives. Because of all the...
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New legislation regarding drunk driving is constantly being drawn up, debated, and passed in the United States. Many states are working to make the penalties for drunk driving much harsher, especially for repeat offenders (Xavier). Currently, in every state, the minimum punishment for convicted drunk drivers involves the automatic loss of their licenses for a period of time determined by the state (Xavier). An offender’s driver’s license should be automatically suspended or revoked after a drunk driving conviction and subsequently do away with the possibility of an implied consent hearing. An implied consent hearing is an administrative hearing conducted by an administrative law judge to...
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Driving under the influence of alcohol has affected and devastated countless people’s lives. Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous situations you can put yourself or someone else into. The evidence against driving while intoxicated is massive and it has left a long trail of broken dreams and lives. If you drink and drive, not only do you possibly put yourself at risk, but your passengers and pedestrians, and other people on the roads. According to the most recent statistics by the National Commission Against Drunk Driving is that 17, 000 Americans die each year in alcohol-related traffic crashes and 600,000 Americans are injured. (National Commission Against Drunk...
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“Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third. The speedway ends at the cemetery” (Rockne). Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol related crashes totals more than 51 billion. In Recent discussions of drunk driving, a controversial issue has been whether the driving while intoxicated laws should be increased due to the amount tax payers are paying for drunk driving crashes. On the one hand. Some argue that the driving laws for driving drunk should remain the same and not change. From this perspective the laws about driving under the...
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Drunk Driving as a Social Issue
How much longer will we be forced to endure the pain and atrocities due to the carelessness of drunk driving? Drunk driving has been a problem in the United States since the introduction of automobiles; however, it did not become an important social issue until the 1980’s. At that time the political atmosphere defined crime in terms of personal choice and individual responsibility. Drunk driving was defined as a problem located within individuals. Drunk driving is illegal in every state. It is not only illegal, but unsafe to operate an automobile if you are under the influence of alcohol.
When a person drinks, the alcohol is absorbed into the blood...
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Learning Team B ProjectBrian Hammock, Debra Herron, Edward Abaunza, Ruby Lee, Samuel NjorogeRES/341May 12, 2010Christopher Ajagu��Learning Team Project PaperIntroductionIn preparing this assignment, Team B thought that the assignment should be on an important topic. The important topic Team B chose to report on is drunk driving. Drunk driving, in our opinion, is a very important issue that should be discussed due to the importance of how alcohol consumption is taken for...
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People need to be aware that what happened to me can happen to you. I had never thought about impaired driving as an issue in my youth, it wasn't a debate. Now I know. Life really is about choices." This quote was from Tom Boyle who killed Brian Colgan in a drunk driving accident in 1995. Tom Boyle states that life is about choices. This brings up the issue with Massachusetts wanting to place a "scarlet letter" (mark of shame) on the licenses of convicted drunk drivers. Placing the "scarlet letter" on the licenses of convicted drunk drivers is a senseable consequence. Being a senseable consequence it brings up the old saying "if you do it once you are bound to do it again", many...
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Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) has become an issue of national concern, a both state and federal levels (2Githens and Sloan 403). Hearty fines, jail time and a revoking of the convict’s license follow most DUI offenses. DUI penalties need to be decreased and cause of conviction needs to be addressed, because people who are not criminals are going to jail, and enduring insurance fees even though these punishments have been shown to not decrease drinking and driving. Officers are given too much discretion to choose who get convicted, and who doesn’t, being convicted of a DUI can be life changing and should not be taken lightly.
Most DUI offenses are detected as a...
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an organization that was founded in 1980 due to the tragic death of a thirteen-year-old year girl in California that was killed by a repeat offender drunk driver. The organization quickly grew larger when the girl's mother had found out how lenient the laws against drunk driving were.MADD is kept alive by its founders and activist who all have strong beliefs towards what the organization stands for. In 2000 the organization had more than two million members and supporters. MADD is still growing and getting more and more support as the years pass.MADD has been...
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The Severity of Drunk DrivingDrunk Driving has become a major focal point across America. Anti-drunk driving organizations are forming and laws are stiffening in efforts to put an end to it. Some people, however, believe that it is not as serious a crime as America is making it out to be. They also believe that harsher punishments are not the solution. Douglas Husak puts forth an argument that stresses why he believes drunk driving is not a serious offense and should not warrant jail time for the offender, while
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Alcohol Related Accidents
Someone in America dies every twenty-two minutes, because of an alcohol related accident. Most people feel that they will never be part of this statistic, but experts on this subject say that everyone has a forty percent chance of being in an accident with a drunk driver. Drunk driving is a serious problem that the United States, as well as the world, is trying to deal with, because it does not only effect a select few, it effects everyone. Drunk driving amongst high school students is an enormous problem that the United States is trying to cope with. Many programs have come to surface over the past few years, that educate students on this situation. MADD,...
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Giovanni Vaccarello, a retired machinist form Brooklyn, New York, never
took the safety of his family for granted. He often drove Maria, 18, and
Concetta, 17, to their part time jobs. John, his fourteen year old son, was to
wear a beeper at all times so that he would never be out of reach. Giovanni
routinely walked Cathy, his wife of twenty five years, one block to her job at
the beauty salon. But with all the precautions Giovanni took, nothing could
stop him from Abraham Meyers, a 25-year-old janitor from Brooklyn. At
about 11:30 on May 1, 1994, Giovanni left the Russo’s catering hall in
Queens with Cathy, Maria, and Concetta. John lingered behind as the others
crossed the street and...
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Three out of every ten American teenagers will be involved in an alcohol-related crash which is often fatal, as concluded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. How are you sure that one of those three teenagers will not be you?Lowering the drinking age will lower death rates from destructive decisions across the United States, specifically from drunk driving. Lowering the drinking age is such a simple concept, yet it is so hard to achieve, for...
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Alcohol is the main beverage for parties and special occasions in the United States. Many people decide to drink alcohol because it helps them relax, ease tension and socializing. Even most non-drinkers are forced to drink alcohol because of peer pressure. Hebert Moskowitz, the president of the Southern California Research Institute in Los Angeles, concedes that “alcohol has been so popular these days; it seems as though alcohol is a requirement for parties” (Moskowitz, 13). Unfortunately, most UNM students do not know their limits for alcohol consumption. By the time a party is over, they fail to realize that they had one too many drinks and they decide to drink and drive. According to the...
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With the falling prices of cell phones more and more people have the luxury of owning one. This also affects the ever growing number of people who text each other, but sadly these people do not realize that if they cannot put down their phone they could die. Convicted drunk drivers who present a constant danger to the safety of others have to take a special class, and due to fact that texting and driving ultimately creates crashes it should have similar consequences.
Statistics show that texting and driving has a higher chance to causes accidents than intoxicated drivers. The reason that texting has such a high chance to create an accident lies in the fact that the person texting focuses...
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The punishment for alcohol related offenses during 1970's and the early 1980's was limited to no more than a fine or a night in jail. With so many victims of such a preventable offense, many Canadians were left wondering whether a drunk driver should have the right to still get behind the wheel. The answer can be found by analyzing Canada's judicial system in its entirety, as well as the negative effects to the offender and society, that would result in the immediate loss of a driver's license after a drunken driving conviction. The federal government needs to punish offenders of drunk driving, but it is to the ultimate benefit of society to impose a "one strike" system whereby any second...
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How many times have you made it home safely while drinking and driving? Hopefully you have never tried. In 2011, on average someone died every 53 minutes from an alcohol related accident in the US alone (2011 Drunk Driving statistics). It is illegal to drive under the influence in all of North America and Puerto Rico. A car crash is considered “alcohol-related” if at least one driver or pedestrian involved in the crash has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher (2011 Drunk Driving statistics). There are many solutions to drinking and driving; however there are ways to get around just about every solution.
Drinking and driving is a huge problem in the...
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Learning Team Project Paper��Learning Team Project PaperIntroductionIn preparing this assignment, Team D thought that the assignment should be on an important topic. The important topic Team D chose to report on is drunk driving. Drunk driving, in our opinion, is a very important issue that should be discussed due to the importance of how alcohol consumption is taken for granted and abused. The two comparisons we chose to report on are drinking and speeding. As Team D presentation topic is reviewed, you will find several interesting pieces of...
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The Effects of Drinking and DrivingDrinking and driving is a senseless crime. Everyone is, or should be aware of how much alcohol affects one's ability to drive. It is widely publicized and a well-known fact that drinking and driving do not mix. "It is well known that alcohol in moderate quantities affects different people in a variety of ways" (Denney 26). On average if a male adult were to consume three typical alcoholic beverages he would have a blood alcohol level of 0.06%. At this level, the drinker would either have a slight feeling of happiness, or feel slightly depressed. At this blood alcohol level a driver's ability to drive would be slightly reduced as the drivers...
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Alcohol is a drug, a very popular drug. Alcohol has been around for a long time, and people have always enjoyed it's effects. Many people have passions for alcohol, some people have refrigerators filled with beer, many others are wine connoisseurs. Alcohol always seems to liven up the party. But no madder what your preference is, alcohol can be very dangerous when combined with the operation of an automobile. If you can remember only a few things from this report remember this: driving drunk is unsafe to you, and everyone else around you. The driver's of other cars, pedestrians, etc... Driving drunk can also be very, very costly: insurance surcharges, insurance rates, tickets,...
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What possesses a person to get behind the drivers’ seat of a car and drive intoxicated? This question is always asked whenever a drunk driver is involved in a drinking and driving incident. Many people drink and drive without thinking about the consequences. The majority of fatal car crashes are caused by alcohol related incidents. Of all traffic fatalities in the United States in 2005, 39% of traffic related accidents were alcohol related (Alcohol Alert, 2006). Driving while intoxicated puts drivers and others lives at risk. Drinking and driving do not mix and the consequences can be prevented. A simple solution can be by simply having designated drivers to help keep drunk drivers off...
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A Guide to MADD Sites
“In 2001, more than half a million people were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present — an average of one person injured approximately every 2 minutes” (Blincoe qtd. in MADD main). “In 2002, an estimated 17,419 people died in alcohol–related traffic crashes—an average of one every 30 minutes. These deaths constitute 41 percent of the 42,815 total traffic fatalities [in America]” (NHTSA qtd. in MADD main). From these statistics, it is clear to see that drunk driving is a serious issue that harms thousands of innocent American citizens. Although there are many organizations that address the issue of drinking and driving, MADD,...
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NOTE: Maybe want to change introduction paragraph to one of thousands of stories available all over the web or news, etc. I actualy recieved this info. from a friend.On November 18, 2001, Erin Klotz, a 20 year old student at Central Washington University at the time, was killed by a drunk driver. She was returning home to college after attending a music-teaching camp in Los Angeles, California. She had dreams of being a musician and conductor. After flying in to Sea-Tac airport, she was planning on taking a bus back to school. Instead, she ran into a friend from school and was offered a ride. She accepted. The two girls were traveling east-bound on Interstate 90 when a Sport...
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Driving DrunkEveryday people are killed in an instant by the choice of an intoxicated person. Many times the people that are killed are the intoxicated person themselves. As well they put their passangers, other people on the road and pedestrians. Whether the person crashes the vehicle our splatters a helpless person into the cement the probability that somebody dies is high. There are many sideffects from drinking and driving.First of all, the brain slows down, which results in a dangerously slow reaction time. When drinking speech can get slurred and ones judgment...
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In Belleville, Michigan, Judy Kay Rosin was a senior who had everything going for her. She came from a loving family, was graduating soon, and had already been accepted to two different colleges. She had two very close best friends and a great boyfriend. All this came to and end on November 16, 1995. On this very fateful night, just six days after turning seventeen, Judy and her nine year od sister, Krystal, were on their way to pick up their brother, Andy. Thats when a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit them head on. Krystal suffered minor cuts and bruises, while Judy never awoke. At first they...
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MADDBSHS/33509/20/14Madd was created because of women that loss their child from drunk drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Also known by the initials MADD, by which it is hereafter referred as), is a grass-roots organization started in 1980 by Candy Lightner and a group of other mothers who were angry over drunk driving and held meetings on how to stop this violent crime. "MADD's stance is that ONE drink is too many." -Kelly Larkin, Executive Director of MADD Southern Arizona. It has since turned into one of the largest crime victim organizations in the world. What lead to creating Madd because...
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M.A.D.D. is a political interest group for all mothers against drunk driving. It was specifically created for mothers of kids who have fallen victim to drunk drivers, whether it be in injury or in death. Founded on September 5th 1980, M.A.D.D. has made a huge impact on the government today and an even bigger impact on society. The idea of M.A.D.D. was first introduced by a mother, Candice Lightner, who lost her thirteen year old daughter in a car accident killed by an intoxicated driver. She took action and initiative after the loss of her daughter to help prevent drunk driving accidents so other parents wouldn’t have to go through the grief of the loss of a loved one, especially their son...
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Drunk driving is an issue that effects many people across our nation. People do not realize the affects alcohol can have on the body and mind that slow decision making while driving. This issue begins in the home. Children see their parents, or other adults figures, have a beer or a cocktail and get in the car. Thus, making it seem like it is acceptable to drink and drive. “One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime” (MADD).
Driving under the influence is measured by a person’s blood alcohol level (BAC). BAC is determined by the concentration of alcohol in the bloodstream. Individual counties and states have their own legal level on blood...
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Why did the United States of America pass a law to increase the drinking age from 18 to 21? The answer is because increasing the drinking age to 21 has effectively reduced the percentage of alcohol related deaths throughout the country. It seems that at 18, youths are not mature enough to handle the responsibilities and consequences that result from the privilege of being able to legally drink alcoholic beverages.
The major reason for the increase in legal drinking age from 18 to 21 is that drunk driving accidents are the number one reason for death among young people than anything else in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Statistics Mortality Data...
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The consequences that follow the use of any drug are unfavorable. Although many individuals may see drug addiction as a mere lifestyle choice, it is a problem that many individuals suffer from and inevitably a growing issue that leaves major social and economic impacts.
The most commonly abused substances are Nicotine, Inhalants, Alcohol, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Prescription medications, Heroin, Ecstasy and Marijuana. 1a(National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2011) Initially, a person may find themselves using substances voluntarily and with confidence that they will be able to dictate their personal use. However, over the period of time that drug use is repeated, changes are taking place...
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Drinking and Driving
Should Blood Alcohol Percentages for Drunken Driving
Driving a vehicle while under the influence of
alcohol is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
Alcohol causes varying degrees of the following side effects
in everyone who uses it; dullness of sensation, lowered
sensory motor skills, lowered reactive or reflexive motor
responses, impaired thought processes, impaired memory,
impaired judgement, sleep or sleeplessness, and in extreme
cases can cause coma and death.”(Hardcastle 1). Would
anyone want a person on the road with these side affects.
Alcoholics have even worse side affects to alcohol. Look at
the picture above. How...
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Many people in the United States enjoy a drink of their favorite alcoholic beverage. It could be a nice ice cold beer after a hard day of work or going to the bar and enjoying a few shots or mixed drinks with friends. Drinking alcohol is a common way to mingle with friends and take the edge off a difficult day. However, there are dangers involved with alcohol since it does dampen the body’s ability to cope with new information. Alcohol becomes a poison to the body when consumed in large quantities. The biggest danger is not to the driver after they become inebriated, but comes to anyone the drunk driver comes in contact with. A sober person can be dangerous just by being distracted,...
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There is 250 Million American who has a cell phone. Georgia house bill 23 would ban texting and talking drivers who are under 18 years old (Dickensheets N. Pag). Some people think that texting while driving should be unbanned because not everyone would be impaired when performing this task. However I think texting and driving should be banned because it costs too many injuries and death you see on TV and the news that are related to this.
Some people thinks that driving and texting is just a simple task like picking up a phone and just press random buttons on it. To me every key you press could affect a person’s life people who text and drive don’t pay attention on what they are doing on...
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Just imagine driving down the road, seeming as if there are no cares in the world; one second later a child runs out in front of the car, but no one sees him because their eyes are glued to their cell phones. An innocent life has just been lost because a click of a button. Some people do not realize how dangerous texting and driving can really be. Most people consider themselves to be great at multitasking; well, when it comes to texting and driving, no one can really predict what the outcome could be. It could be a small accident or a very traumatic one; nobody will know until it happens to him. Texting and driving should be illegal in all states; no person should be putting other’s lives...
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For 80 years now, people have been talking on the telephone. For over 100 years, we have been driving vehicles. However, it was not until recently individuals have tried to combine these two. While most people know the dangers this can cause and has caused, many people in today’s society still have not put the cell phone down before getting behind the wheel.
Linda Doyle, a loving mother and an avid helper for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, became a statistic in the year 2009. Her life abruptly ended in a car accident by a distracted driver. Linda Doyle’s life was cut short, simply because a driver could not put his cell phone down while driving (Hanes 1). Larry Copeland,...
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Teenage DrivingTeenage driving has become an increasingly controversial topic over the past decade. Many politicians and adults are fighting for stricter driver's license requirements and a higher legal driving age. Busy mothers and soon-to-be drivers argue that things are fine just the way they are. However, when the nation's leading cause of death for teens age 15 to 20 is traffic accidents, things can hardly be considered fine. The need for change is obvious. Something must be done to save the lives of Georgia's teens as well as those of innocent motorists. The Georgia state legislature should...
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A few years ago, my family and I had a drunk driver crash through our front yard. This person tore up grass, destroyed pine tree, and broke numerous lawn ornaments. Less than twenty minutes before this drunk driver went through our yard, my mom and I had been walking our dogs, and if the drunk driver had gone through any earlier, my mom and I both would have been hit. This driver also destroyed a garbage barrel, and almost slammed into an electrical pole. In a way, the drunk driver had been lucky when he went through our yard, especially when we had just taken a gigantic walnut tree out of our yard two or three years prior. The driver also had two passengers with him, a woman, and a...
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Drinking and driving is against the law. Whether you have had one beer or two, whether you feel it or not it is still illegal in all fifty states to drink and get behind the wheel. In the state of California the legal blood alcohol concentration or BAC is 0.08 percent. The legal drinking age for the state of California is twenty-one and over. Many people do not take drinking and driving serious until it is way too late. Drinking and driving can and will cost you your freedom, finances and future; as well as other people on the road.
Twenty-one is the legal drinking age so it doesn’t matter if you are under twenty-one and been to war or have had a baby it is still illegal to drink and...
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I've been privileged to work with Anne O'Brian, our local chaper president of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and consider her to be an exceptional role model. Anne began the local chapter in August of 1992, nearly two years after her 15-year-old daughter Carly was killed in a drunk driving accident. Anne was a divorcee with no other children, making Carly's death even more heartbreaking for her. Yet she channelled her grief from that loss into a positive outlet that has subsequently benefitted many people.I first...
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Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is one of themost dangerous things that a human can possibly do. When people drink and drive,they are not only putting themselves in danger, they?re also jeopardizing thelives of other road users and pedestrians. At a young age, I use to watch myuncle James drink and drive thinking it was completely normal. Everything was okuntil one day he got too drunk and lost control of the car and hit a tree.Today, I? am still pondering on what caused people including my uncle to drinkand drive? Could it be pressure from your peers, or going and acting wild at aparty, or maybe it?s the...
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An ethical issue that is debated in our society is the concern of driving while intoxicated. Although this was naturally not the case during Aristotle’s time, many of his ethical beliefs can be applied to refute this dilemma. I will prove the standing issue to be unethical through Aristotle’s discussion of virtue and his concept of voluntary/involuntary actions in the Nicomachean Ethics.
Aristotle believed that of the virtues learned in our youth, each has a respective excess and deficiency. The virtue is the mean (or midpoint) of the excess and deficiency. The mean can be thought of as “just right';, and the extremities can be labeled as “vices';....
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Although cell phones have not been around for a very long time, they have become a key part of our lives. People use their cell phones for just about everything such as: texting, talking, schedule planning, internet surfing, etc. Sometimes we can even do two or more of these things at the same time. Unfortunately, people are also choosing the wrong time to be using their cell phones: while they are driving. As a society, we have become so focused on how much we can do at one time that we are willing to risk our personal safety as well as the safety of others because we can’t put down our cell phones.
Using a handheld cell phone while driving is dangerous to the driver themselves for a...
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When someone makes the decision to consume alcoholic beverages, it should go without saying that they should also be choosing to be a responsible drinker. Being a responsible drinker means not consuming more alcohol than their body can handle and more importantly, not getting behind the wheel of any type of vehicle after drinking. In an article written by high school student Steven Engler, he says it well; “If you choose to use it, do it responsibly, and don’t put anyone’s life in danger, including your own.” (New York Times, 2003) No matter the person’s age or the type of alcohol consumed, alcohol lowers a person’s inhibitions and ability to think clearly, while also increasing their...
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Minimum legal drinking age laws, often referred to as MLDA laws, prohibit the consumption of alcohol by, and the sale of alcohol to, persons under the age of 21. The legislation to raise the minimum legal drinking age to 21 in every state has had lasting effects on the lives of Americans everywhere. Lower alcohol usage, increased law enforcement and lower rates of alcohol-related crimes are some positive effects reported since the MLDA was set at 21 for all states.First, the responsibilities that come with alcohol consumption are too much for most teens. High school seniors...