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Patterns over Time

Driving under the influence has been on the rise in the recent past and many people have been involved in one or the other. If you have not been a direct perpetrator, you are most likely to have been affected by the reckless act of driving under drugs or alcohol. You do not need to show the scars that drunken driving has caused you. The societal scars are all over even though internal scars amongst individuals are countless. For instance, the number of students who are not in school today as a result of having parents who are drunkards is alarming.

alcoholism rehabilitationMoreover, the number of people in rehabilitation camps as a result of misusing alcohol is critically high. If you focus on failed marriages, you will realize that a good number of the divorce cases have been brought about by one of the partners engaging in alcohol or other drugs. There have been telling patterns that can be referred to so as to be sure that driving under influence has had far-reaching implications on the society. Every person should take precautionary steps so as to curb this increasing evil.

Failure to do so will render the society helpless and the rate of deaths will increase even more. Imagine that over 70 million people in the United States have been involved in drunk driving! Of this 70 million, the fatal accidents that have resulted thereof are outrageous. A nation that has such high number of individuals taking alcohol and at the same time driving could be termed as a failed nation by all means if there are no solid measures that have been taken to curb the menace.

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent aged 16 years and above were driving after consuming alcohol two hours earlier. This study was conducted in the year 2008. On the same study, 8 percent of screened drivers indicated that they had been on the road with a driver who could be judged to be drunk. This issue affected most men aged between 21 and 24 years. This age bracket confirmed that they had been on the road with a driver who had impaired vision and whose judgement on the road was highly questionable. In the year 2005, NHTSA revealed that 8 percent of all the drivers were impaired. This is not only alarming but nerve-wracking.

Though the United States of America has taken some precautionary measures to reduce the mishap, there are countries that are still grappling with the challenge and worried what to do since the statistics are worrying.

It is not comforting to hear that 30 percent of the world’s population will be involved in an accident that can be attributed to alcohol in their lifespan. A driver who is used to driving while drunk will be involved in impairment for an average 80 times before he gets arrested. How many get to the 80th time before they cause a fatal accident? This has to stop!

In every drunk driving accident, a person died within 53 minutes after the accident occurred.

Not only that, 211 innocent children die during the drunk driving accidents. These are the reported cases. How about the ones that go unreported per day? They are even more.

The taxpayer pays for over $500 per year to defray the costs for drunk driving cases. The United States shoulders a whopping $132 billion every year as a result of drunk driving. There are absolutely no benefits to drunk driving. The costs are so high that even the innocent suffer. You will be called upon to help pay the school fees of a child whose father died as a result of drunk driving accident. Moreover, you might be called upon to help in paying for the mortgage of a family whose breadwinner has neglected his or her duties. The negative implications are far-reaching and the trend is not amusing at all.

In order to ensure that the issue is stopped once and for all, various states in America have come up with strict laws to punish the offenders. More states have joined in the quest to erase the menace and assure the public of their safety on the roads. Everyone should join in this fight. Military deaths for six years cannot even reach a quarter of alcohol-related deaths in one year.