The Effects Of Alcohol On A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol

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In the United States it wasn 't until the early ninetys when the first concerns and laws against operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol appeared, it went official in New York in nineteen ten, in nineteen thirty six, Dr.Rolla Hager, a professor of biochemistry and toxicology, patented the Drunkometer which was a ballon-like kind of device into which people would breath to determine whether the person was sober or drunk.In nineteen fifty three, Robert Borkestein, a former Indiana State Police Capitain and university professor who had collaborated with Harger on the Drunkometer, invented the Breathalyzer which was more precise than the drunkometer and really helped the forces of the authority when it came to applying the law.

Despite the invention of the Breathalyzer and other developments, it was not until the late seventy’s and early eighty’s that public awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving increased and lawmakers and police officers began to get tougher on offenders. In nineteen eighty, a Californian named Candy Lightner founded Mothers against Drunk Driving, or MADD, after her thirteen year old daughter Cari was killed by a drunk driver while walking home from a school carnival.
On July seventeen, nineteen eighty four, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which withheld a percentage of highway funds from any state that didn 't raise the minimum drinking age to twenty one years. The law came into…

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