Drinking And Driving Essay

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People may ask, how long has Drinking and Driving been around? In order to answer that question, you must know three things. Firstly, you must know what the definition of drinking and driving is. Drinking and driving is defined as the crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely. Secondly, a person must know when alcohol was invented. According to wikipedia.org, “evidence of alcoholic beverages has also been found dating from 3150 BC in ancient Egypt, 3000 BC in Babylon, 2000 BC in pre-Hispanic Mexico, and 1500 BC in Sudan”. And thirdly, one must know when motorized vehicles were invented. The First true automobile was invented in 1886 by Karl Friedrich …show more content…
Nonetheless, it has been a problem that has been around for a long while. As early as 1897, the first recorded drunk driving arrest was made in Germany after a cab driver crashed into a building. (History of Drunk Driving) In America, just a few years after the drunk driving arrest in London, New York became the first state to create drunk driving laws (History of Drunk Driving). However, there were not set limits as to how much alcohol one could have consumed in order to be intoxicated. In other words, as long as there it was no accidents, drinking and driving was permitted. It was not legal, but it was very hard to prove in court that one was actually drunk. Remember, there were no Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limits established back then nor machines to accurately determined one’s Blood Alcohol Concentration levels. The only way was to conduct Field Sobriety Tests, which are still being conducted …show more content…
After the continued deaths related to drinking and driving, it was determined that people did not know what they did not know. It was then that Mothers Against Drunk Drivers was founded. As I mentioned on my previous paper, it was founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver who was released on bail due to a hit and run just two days prior. This fine organization took it upon itself to educate the public on the consequences of drinking and driving. Not only the judicial side of things, but also how it affects others. MADD’s commitment to eliminate drinking and driving is well documented. Since MADD was founded in 1980, more than 25,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes each year. Since then, we 've been able to cut that deadly toll in half, but there is still more work to be done (madd.org). This progress would have not been accomplished if society was not educated on the subject. Now that they know the facts, and consequences, it is easier for people to make the right choice. A choice that will not hinder their ability to positively contribute to this great

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