Drunk Driving Research Paper

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When hearing the phrase drunk driving, one often thinks of despair, tragedy, even death. But what exactly factors into it? And why are drunk drivers still a problem if police know they are out there? What are authorities doing to try and end the epidemic that is drunk driving? The National Department of Transportation says that about one-third of drunk drivers arrested or convicted are repeat offenders. Considering that 1.1 Million people were arrested for driving under the influence in 2014, one-third is an impressive and devastating amount. With this said, how can police allow a person to walk free after they are charged with driving under the influence? Just because it is their first offense recorded, does not mean that this is the first time they have committed the crime; therefore they should be imprisoned for endangering not only themselves but countless others. Drunk driving, meaning driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08%, is an indiscriminate crime - men, women, black, white, …show more content…
They would learn from their mistakes and make amends with themselves or anyone they harmed. What the people who oppose sentences on the first offense don’t realize is that a slap on the wrist and a warning is not going to do any good. Sure, there is a fine that comes with a conviction of driving under the influence but that is hardly going to make the criminal break their habit. For example, in Farmington, Minnesota a 33 year old man who spent eight years in prison for killing three brothers while driving drunk in 2004 was yet again convicted with driving under the influence in 2012. This man obviously did not learn any kind of lesson from his actions, not even from killing three men. It just goes to show that those who drive while intoxicated get into a habit, they get drunk and they drive, safety and lives hold little value to

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