The Influence Of Drunk Driving

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Driving under the influence has been a problem in the United States for many years, and without punishment and consequences it will continue to be one. Despite the accidents and deaths these incidents bring, people argue second chances should still be available. However, drunk drivers should be imprisoned on their first offense.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol puts the driver and others at risk. Perception, speed control, concentration, and muscle coordination all become impaired when a person is intoxicated. Eventually the ability to maintain lane position and brake when needed will become nearly impossible. Because of this, a drunk driving accident happens every two minutes and kills twenty-eight people daily (MADD). Getting
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However, statistics have shown that on average eleven people are killed daily because of a texting and driving accident, and twenty-eight people from an alcohol-related accident. Every year almost 3,400 people are killed because of distracted driving involving a phone, and almost 10,100 people because of driving under the influence (Texting)(MADD).
Although there are laws and rules in place to keep situations like this from happening, they are not always effective. The arrest rate for drunk drivers is very low. Shockingly, the average drunk driver will drive eighty times before ever being pulled over or arrested. Out of the 300,000 that drive while under the influence, only 4,000 of them are actually arrested (MADD).
Drinking and driving is a major problem that puts others in danger and at risk. It also takes away tax money from other government programs that could be beneficial to our country. Getting drunk drivers off the road the first time they are caught would reduce deaths, injuries, and unnecessary expenses. As illustrated, drunk drivers should be imprisoned on their first

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