New Legislation Regarding Drunk Driving Essay
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