Drunk Driving Essay Essay

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Drunk Driving Essay











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 death and
tragedy as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol, I feel that there should be
an increased punishment if caught.

The legal definitions of "driving" and "drunk" are open to many interpretations, which
vary greatly from state to state. In some places, "driving" can include sitting still in a
parked or wrecked vehicle with the motor off, or starting up a car in a driveway. Police
can and do arrest people whom they believe are drunk before they get on the road and even
when they've pulled off to "sleep it off," just if they're in the driver's seat. As for
the definition of "drunk," there are several major factors to consider. You can be
"legally impaired" as viewed by the law without ever taking a drink, if you have taken
other substances like prescription drugs that affect your ability to drive. You can also
be found drunk even when you can function properly in every way.

You can be found guilty of drunk driving, also called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or
driving under the influence (DUI), if the state can prove that you have more then the
legal limit of alcohol in your system. Even if your alcohol level is lower than the legal
intoxication level, you can still be convicted if the state can show your abilities were
impaired.

Blood tests measure the number of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, and
breath tests measure grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. In most states, you can be
convicted of "drunk driving" when either level is at .10 percent or higher. I feel they
should lower the level to .08 in all states. In California and Florida level of impairment
is .08, why not in all states?

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