Cause and Effect on Drinking and Driving Everest University Online Composition / Prof. Waller Drinking and driving is a very bad combination. Mixing the two would be very deadly for many people on the streets. Drinking reduces your concentration and your reactions to sudden hazards which can lead to fatal accidents or severe injury. You should not drink while under the influence as it can put yourself and others in danger. This can all be prevented by making smarter decisions. If you choose to be responsible behind the wheel, you can save lives. Drinking and driving has a large percentage in injuries and death.
It is not fair that an innocent victim should have to pay the price of someone’s mistake. When you are drunk, you should not drive. You are not in the right balance state of mind to understand what you are doing as well as your reaction to sudden hazards will be slower. As a result you can end up killing others or injuring others and yourself. Also you can cause many damages on the streets and to your own car. When drinking, the brain slows down, which restules in a dangerously slow reaction time. Also, drinking can slur your speech and one’s judgment is impaired.
A person may think that their good enough judge to tell when they have had too much to drink but that would be the alcohol impairing their judgment. One of the most frequently type of person that will drive a vehicle impaired is adolescents. Surprisingly enough this happens very often, and when mixing alcohol and inexperience driving the result is deadly. Many teens have done this and have either killed themselves and or other innocent people. “According to the U. S. Surgeon General, about 5,000 kids under 21 die every year as a result of underage drinking – from crashes, homicides, and suicides.
Teens that drink also are at risk for a long list of other injuries and potential life-long alcohol abuse. Reducing underage drinking can reduce drinking-related harm” (alcohol to teens). The cause and effects of drinking and driving are staggering. Poor coordination, disorientation, blackouts, slurred speech, poor self-esteem and double vision are just the short-term effects of alcohol abuse. The long- term effect of alcohol consumption can include heart disease, peptic ulcers and liver disease. Drunk driving is a major problem that law enforcement is striving to prevent and control.
If a person is caught driving drunk, it can result in jail time, which results in a criminal record; that can be used against you. If a pattern of drunk driving is established, the driver can lose his or her license and employment, and it could affect their personal relationships as well. “Once you are caught driving under influence, it is marked on your license which will mar your reputation forever. You won’t be able to renew it again without much hassles and court proceedings and it will finally show up on your professional life as well” (Driving facts).
The effects of drunk driving can be serious and long lasting for all those involved. Many people who drink and drive do not think of the serious consequences of their actions until it is too late. Drunk driving is the most frequently committed crime in America, killing someone every thirty minutes and injuring someone every two minutes. The effects of drunk driving are costly. Obviously the effects of drunk driving are most costly when injury or death is involved in an alcohol related accident.
Even when no damages are committed, the legal effect of drunk driving can include; possible jail time, probation, fines, restitution (if damages were caused in the accident, drug/alcohol therapy, DUI School, and other criminal penalties. The effects of drunk driving can also result in the restriction, suspension, or revocation of a person’s driver’s license. The department of motor vehicles may also impose additional punishments, such as vehicle confiscation, to a person’s driving privileges in cases where the effects of drunk driving are more severe.
A drunken driving conviction will stay on one’s permanent criminal record and on department of motor vehicle records for years. Many people have the right to access drunken driving records. This may significantly limit future options and endeavors for a drunken driving offender. “When impaired drivers are identified by the enforcing authorities, sanctions are needed. These sanctions serve the dual purpose of appropriately punishing offenders for breaking the law and preventing reoccurrence of the offense.
Traditional sanctions, widely applied around the world, include driving license suspension, fines, jail time, and community service” (Drinking and Driving).
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