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COM 220 Week 9-Final Project

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“National Commission against Drunk Driving”
Every year in the United States over 40,000 people die in vehicle related accidents and 40 %
are the cause of drunk drivers. My best friend died from being in a vehicle with a drunk driver
behind the wheel. To make a long story short, my friend Dustin was the only one in the vehicle
that was wearing his seat belt when the vehicle rolled over. When the vehicle rolled over
everyone flew out of the vehicle except Dustin. The roof of the vehicle caved in and caused
severe brain swelling, which resulted in his death 20 minutes later. That short story is just one of
thousands that people will be talking about each year due to drunk driving accidents.
"Should drunk driving be a felony or a misdemeanor, and why? Should drivers get a second
chance to drive after a dui and if so what should the time frame be?” In my opinion drunk driver
caught in the act should be charged with a felony on the first offence, even if there were no
injuries caused. The drunk driver should be charged with manslaughter and serve up to 5 years in
prison with the possibility of parole, just because they are putting innocent people’s lives at risk
of serious bodily harm or even death. No if there are injuries or a person’s death due to the cause
of a drunk driver, I would say that they deserve a murder charge, with the possibility of parole,
accident or not.
Alcohol impairs your capability to function and think straight. Alcohol is also a depressant
which can lead to suicide. The warning labels on the bottle should be enough for a person to
know not to drive. Alcohol being that it is a depressant will cause you to relax and possibly fall
asleep. Not only is the public at danger, but Emergency service employees are at big risk. A large
number of drunk drivers have crashed into Police, and fire vehicles. Persons under the influence
tend to attract to flashing lights. You see it all of the time, on the T.V. show, “Amazing videos”
where a Police Officer is on a traffic stop and another vehicle crashes into the rear of the police
curser.
An average of 3 out of every ten people from America will be involved in a vehicle accident
related to a drunk driver sometime in their life. The prime time when drunk drivers are on the
road are between 2300 hours, and 0300 hours. Bars tend to close at 0200 hours and are usually
followed up by eating at some type of fast food or restaurant. Most of the drunk drivers are on
the road Thursday-Sunday. Thursday is the typical College party night, due to most Colleges
only having one class on Fridays. We as people need to do something to change that statistic for
the better of all mankind.
Not everyone feels the same way I do, that’s why a DUI charge is only a misdemeanor charge.
The only time a person will be charged with a Felony is if injuries are caused. The charge is
usually Manslaughter and sometimes all they get is 3 years probation. If drinking and driving
was a felony no matter what, then alcohol would end up being banned again. With all of the
money being made through alcohol sales, it will never be banned again. I’m not saying that I
want alcohol to be banned, because honestly I like to have a drink every now and then. I just
don’t think people should be putting lives in danger by drinking and driving. In Pennsylvania
there is a common sign that says “you can’t afford it!” and is posted along there freeways. I

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“National Commission against Drunk Driving”
would love to see the same sign in California, and all states for that matter. A simple sign could
simply save lives, just by reminding people that a DUI cost a lot of money.
It blows me away that your license gets suspended for drunk driving, yet you can get a permit
to drive to work and the store. It seems like most people who drink and drive are either
alcoholics or border line alcoholics, who can’t stop drinking. I have another short story that I
would like to share about drunk driving. My father, ever since I can remember has been drinking
alcohol, it got to the point where my mom would pour out his beer or liquor if she could find it. I
remember as a kid being curious looking through the house and finding liquor bottles hidden
throughout the house. My mother and father would fight about his drinking all of the time, it got
so bad that he would get off of work and on the drive home he would buy some beer and drink it
before he got home. One day before he got home he stop at the store bought a bottle of alcohol
and before he got home he pulled over on the side of the street about a quarter of a mile from his
house and began drinking it. A police officer saw him and conducted a traffic stop. He was
charged with drunk driving. He lost his license for a year and had to pay five thousand dollars in
fines.
From 1982, until now the overall fatalities in vehicle related deaths have stayed the same.
The one thing that has drastically changed is the amount of dui related deaths. The numbers have
been cut in half. The chart below provides statistics from (Alcohol Alert 2008).
Blue represents the amount of vehicle related deaths, and the Red represents the amount of dui
related deaths per year.
Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a horrible idea and is extremely
irresponsible. When someone makes the decision to drive while impaired not only are they
putting themselves at risk, but any vehicle that is on the road. I feel the reason the DUI should be
a tougher sentence is to keep people from putting lives at risk, and to keep the number of DUI
related deaths on a decline.
Most countries have a lower level of a BAC than the United States. A 14 % decrees in DUI
related deaths have occurred in the Belgium in December of 1994 when they lowered the BAC
level to (.05) only a few countries have established lower BACs for drivers of commercial
vehicles. Commercial vehicle drivers are held to a higher standard, because they are always on
the road and can put others in jeopardy if they drink and drive. They also drive big vehicles that
can cause a lot of damage. Commercial drivers are not allowed to attend traffic school if they
receive a traffic citation either.
As a Police Officer I have pulled over numerous drunk drivers. Most drunk drivers that I have
encountered are between 21-25 years of age, mostly college students. I have noticed that most
drivers tend to deny the fact that they have had a few drinks. I have them step out of the vehicle
and try to perform a field sobriety test (FST). If the person fails the field sobriety test, I read

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Every year in the United States over 40,000 people die in vehicle related accidents and 40 % are the cause of drunk drivers. My best friend died from being in a vehicle with a drunk driver behind the wheel. To make a long story short, my friend Dustin was the only one in the vehicle that was wearing his seat belt when the vehicle rolled over. When the vehicle rolled over everyone flew out of the vehicle except Dustin. The roof of the vehicle caved in and caused severe brain swelling, which resulted in his death 20 minutes later. That short story is just one of thousands that people will be talking about each year due to drunk driving accidents. "Should drunk driving be a felony or a misdemeanor, and why? Should drivers get a second chance to drive after a dui and if so what should the time frame be?" In my opinion drunk driver caught in the act should be charged with ...
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