New Legislation Regarding Drunk Driving Essay

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New legislation regarding drunk driving is constantly being drawn up, debated, and passed in the United States. Many states are working to make the penalties for drunk driving much harsher, especially for repeat offenders (Xavier). Currently, in every state, the minimum punishment for convicted drunk drivers involves the automatic loss of their licenses for a period of time determined by the state (Xavier). An offender’s driver’s license should be automatically suspended or revoked after a drunk driving conviction and subsequently do away with the possibility of an implied consent hearing. An implied consent hearing is an administrative hearing conducted by an administrative law judge to determine if the suspension is legal under all …show more content…
Anelli Xavier, a writer for the DWI DUI Foundation, makes some interesting points in an article subtitled Fact vs Fiction.
Fiction: Beer contains less alcohol than a glass of wine or a shot of distilled spirits.
Fact: They all contain the same amount of alcohol. A 12-ounce bottle or can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and a 1.5-ounce shot all have the equivalent amounts of alcohol.
Fiction: A person becomes more quickly by drinking a combination of beer, wine, and spirits.
Fact: All these drinks contain the same amount of alcohol, so the combination of drinks consumed makes no difference. The effects of alcohol depend on other factors, such as a person’s weight, gender, and if he or she has eaten before drinking. (Xavier)
Consuming drugs or alcohol prior to driving greatly increases the risk of car accidents, highway injuries, and vehicular deaths; the greater the amount of alcohol consumed, the more likely a person is to be involved in an accident. As a result, in 2006, approximately 17, 600 people died in traffic crashes involving alcohol. In that same year, over 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (Xavier). In 2012, 10,322 people died in alcohol related traffic crashes, which is one every 51 minutes (Drunk Driving Statistics). Every day in America another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving (Drunk Driving Statistics). On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in

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