Repercussions: The Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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Repercussions A teenage girl, 16 years old, practices with her softball team one warm and sunny evening after school. Every day after school, it is the same routine, practice with her teammates and then drive home. One evening after having a great practice with her coaches and teammates, she jumped into her car, eager to get home and spend time with her family. Just a few minutes from home, everything turned horrific in a matter of seconds. A drunk driver crossed the centerline and hit her head-on. Rushed to the hospital, she was in critical condition. Family, friends, teammates, and coaches all sitting in the cold waiting room, patiently, waiting to hear the seriousness of her injuries. The doctors eventually got her stable; then it was the …show more content…
Every person steps out of their door in the morning faced with another day of their everyday routine. People have to work and go to school, go grocery shopping, go for a run, or maybe just a walk in the park, all of these and many more are just everyday activities people participate in. Mothers Against Drunk Driving says, "In 2013, 10,076 people were killed and approximately 290,000 were injured" (MADD). These injuries and fatalities were all caused by a drunk driver. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving website also states that, "Americans take 233 billion trips in cars each year. Of those, about one out of every two thousand trips are taken by those who are driving under the influence of alcohol" (MADD). Most injuries or fatalities occur by a drunk driver hitting another car. But for most people, going through their everyday routine they do not realize that just by walking across the street, they could be hit a by a drunk driver. These drunk drivers that are getting their licenses returned only after a short suspension are not learning their lessons and will most likely drink and drive again. They do not realize getting behind the wheel of a car intoxicated endangers themselves, anyone in the car with them, other drivers, and even people on the street or …show more content…
Some people think this punishment should be used for other dangerous driving activities rather than drinking and driving. One might say, "What about texting and driving, should they get their licenses taken for a year if they are caught texting and driving?" The Brain Injury Society states, the "...threat is texting while driving-and many say it is actually more dangerous than drunk driving" (Brain Injury Society). Though texting and driving is very dangerous, drinking and driving is even more dangerous. When a person is texting and driving their brain acts the way it is supposed to. Though they might not judge when to text very well, they know to put it down when they need to. When a person is intoxicated and driving, their brain is not functioning properly, they cannot make the decision to stop the car and pull over. They lose their muscle control, they get drowsy, and their vision is impaired. These drunk drivers get behind the wheel knowing good and well how their body is functioning at the time. They choose to put themselves and other innocent people in danger. If these drunk drivers cause the death of themselves or someone else, then each family gains the tremendous loss of a loved

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