“Have one drink for the road” was, until recently, a commonly used phrase in American culture. It has only been within the past 20 years that as a nation, we have begun to recognize the dangers associated with drunk driving. (Sutton). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this year 519,000 people, or one person per minute, will be injured in alcohol-related accidents. The heartbreaking part is every injury and lost life due to driving after drinking can be prevented. All it takes is one person to come to the realization of the dangers involved. It is lack of responsibility. Individuals that consume alcohol irresponsibly must begin to take responsibility for themselves and for other innocent drivers on the road.…show more content… Current laws, which are not strict or powerful enough, must be increased in order to keep our neighborhoods around the nation safe. Although many people think current drinking while driving limits and laws are strict enough. Many people believe that increasing fines for drunk driving offenders will play a significant part in the cutting down of driving under the influence. “Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain; impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination.” (NHTSA). When drinking and driving your reaction times is slowed causing you to not be able to react in time which leads to the accident happening. Drinking and driving is one of the most preventable yet fatal accidents,” In 2016, there were 10,497 people killed in these preventable crashes” (NHTSA).
There are many different charges that you could get fined with, “Charges range from misdemeanors to felony offenses, and penalties for impaired driving can include driver’s license revocation, fines, and jail time.” (NHTSA). First time offenders usually receive a DUI and can have a fine for up to $10,000. Some states being stricter, “Some States require offenders to install ignition interlock devices at the driver’s own expense. An ignition interlock device is a breath test device connected to a vehicle’s ignition.”