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Assignment 2 Action Plan to Address Drunk
Driving
Drunk driving is considered a serious crime in every state. It is
wrong, irresponsible and wastes many lives. People who abuse
alcohol hurt everyone around them, endanger public safety, and
create carnage on the nation’s highways. There is nothing positive
that can come out of drunk driving, so why do people do it? It is
society’s job to punish these menaces and try to take control of
this out of control issue. America doesn’t want to watch idly as
hundreds of people are killed each day. We want to take a stand
and let the world know that we may be the “land of the free and
the brave” but there is nothing brave or free about driving drunk.
What should be done about this problem is debatable and
certainly open to discussion, but the first step is lowering the BAC
(blood alcohol concentration) level from .10 to .08. Many states
have already done this and I commend them on this decision, but
the government needs to mandate this to all the states.
Between World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War,
five hundred thousand one hundred and sixty-one people were
killed; drunk driving has killed an estimated one point seven
million people since World War One (Fehrenbach). According to
the MADD group, fifty to seventy-five percent of drunk drivers
whose licenses are suspended continue to drive. Lives are lost
because of people’s selfishness and dangerous activity while
under the influence of alcohol, and the punishment does not fit
the crime.
According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving advocacy group,
About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-
related crash at some time in their lives. On average someone is

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killed by a drunk driver every forty minutes. In two-thousand
seven alone, an estimated twelve thousand nine hundred and
ninety-eight people died in drunk driving related crashes (MADD).
Edgar Snyder and Associates reports that alcohol-related car
crashes kill someone every thirty-one minutes and injure
someone every two minutes. In Oregon alone in two-thousand
and seven, four hundred and fifty-five people were killed by drunk
drivers. Thirty-three percent of those drivers had a point zero
eight blood-alcohol content or higher. Frequent drunk drivers are
responsible for almost sixty percent of alcohol-related fatalities
(Snyder).
Obviously, drunk driving is a huge issue. Right now, there are
several punishments for these dangerous people.
Ultimately, the purpose of DUI statues is to reduce the number of
DUI drunk driving incidents, thereby increasing highway safety
and reducing traffic fatalities. Sanctions against convicted DUI
drivers attempt to promote this purpose through specific and
general deterrence, as well as rehabilitation. Sentences may
include incarceration and/or fines, community service,
restitution, suspension or revocation of the driver's license and
rehabilitation programs” (DUI Defenders).
Anyone convicted of a DUI can expect to pay some kind of fine of
anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand
dollars. Yet there are exceptions; if a defendant cannot afford to
pay the fine, then the court usually waves it. And they cannot be
imprisoned just because they cannot pay because the Supreme
Court has ruled its unconstitutional. Another punishment is
incarceration in County or State jail system. A convicted DUI
defendant may spend as many as one day to several months in
prison. The sentence may be enhanced if the defendant refused to
take the test, engaged in altercation with arresting officer or had a
prior DUI conviction (DUI Defenders). There is a ten year
minimum sentence for drivers who have been convicted of their
fourth DUI, but in my opinion, that is four times that someone’s

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life was in danger. Probation is also an option when punishing DUI
offenders. This is a more compassionate approach to punishment.
Some are incarcerated first and then given the option of early
release with probation and the threat to return to jail if they break
the rules. The majority of offenders on probation have to
participate in AA meetings or DUI classes as well as do charity
work and community service projects. Along with probation,
house arrest is very similar. This is a good idea because you do not
have the cost of jail time for tax payers, but you get the same idea
where they cannot leave their home unless it is for the
rehabilitation or community service things. They also have to
monitor their alcohol intake by frequently breathing into a
breathalyzer so the probation officer knows how much they are
drinking. Some others are suspension of drivers license, vehicle
impoundment, restitution, and required installation of ignition
interlocks.
Ignition Interlock Devices is something that I highly support.
An ignition interlock is a sophisticated system that tests for
alcohol on a driver's breath. It is a device that requires a vehicle
operator to blow into a small handheld alcohol sensor unit that is
attached to a vehicle's dashboard. The car cannot be started if a
BAC is above a preset level (usually .02 to .04 BAC)” (Legal Brand
Marketing)
While some may say that it is an extra hassle and something that
is unnecessary, I feel that it is something that will greatly reduce
the amount of drunk driving. If you are sober and able to drive, it
is not a big deal to save lives. To me, peoples lives and safety are
worth any cost, even a couple extra seconds to make sure that you
are able to drive. This is a way to prevent drunk driving rather
than punishing the offenders when it is too late and they have
already maimed or killed someone. A first time drunk driving
offender on average has driven drunk eighty-seven times prior to
being arrested (MADD). That is why I find the Ignition Interlock
Devices so effective.

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