Driving Under the Influence Essay

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Running head: Driving While Intoxicated

Driving While Intoxicated
American University-Online
Instructor Paul Jake

Table of Contents Abstract 3 Driving While Intoxicated 4 DWI Offenders 5 Statistics 5 Type of Crime 7 Identifying 8 Facts and Myths 9 Sanctions and Counter Measures 10 Current Sentencing 11 Cost 12 Court 14 Current Preventions 15 Proposed Solutions 15 Conclusion 17 References 19


The objective of the research paper is to discuss the impact that driving while impaired by alcohol (DWI) plays in alcohol-related crashes/arrest and how to reduce alcohol-crash involvements.
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Approximately thirty-six people die in the United States, and about 700 more are injured in vehicle crashes that involve alcohol impaired drivers (CDC, 2008). Kathryn Henry, spokeswoman for the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration have said they lose people to fill the equivalent of a jetliner every two days to impair driving. If that happened, the planes falling out of the sky, that would be a huge issue on the front page of every newspaper in the world. Impaired driving happens in remote places, every day, every 32 minutes. Although the NHSTA seen a positive decrease in alcohol related incidents but shown a disappointing statistics for motorcyclist. “The number of motor-bikers killed increased from 14 to 23, that’s a 64.3 percent jump. Virginia state saw motorcyclists' deaths more than triple, rising from 12 to 37” (Staff, 2008). Alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders had increased by 10 percent in 2007; other categories of impaired drivers did not show any increase (NHTSA, 2008). In 2007, an estimated 67 percent of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities involved the driver or rider of motorcycles with a BACs great than or equal to .08. An estimated 17 percent of occupants on a motorcycle were with a motorcycle rider/driver that was impaired. Only 47 percent of motorcycle drivers carry the proper/valid endorsement on their license or permit.

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