DWI Laws Need to Be Enforced
In 2011 in Michigan, there were 889 alcohol related fatalities ("2011 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview” 5). You can’t argue about the number of people killed or injured by drunk drivers. Homes and families are destroyed forever, as well as lives. This country’s DWI laws need to be enforced to reduce the number of car accidents and the number of those with fatalities, to make it safe not only for drivers, but passengers and pedestrians, and because repeat offenders don’t take the laws seriously enough.
People’s lives are important, that is why impaired driving laws need to be enforced so we can reduce the number of car accidents and car accidents with fatalities. According to “MSP- Alcohol Impaired Driving," in 2011 there were 6,175 people injured in alcohol or drug related car accidents. This shows that people do dumb things that endanger their own lives, and the lives of others. If there were more arrests for drunk or impaired driving, there would be less people on the road that have a habit of drinking and getting into a car or getting onto a motorcycle. The police officers need to stop being so lenient on drivers when they pull them over for suspicion of driving drunk, and the judges need to stop being lenient on the punishments. As long as the rules are really easy to break, people are going to continue to break them, which is why it’s necessary to enforce the laws preventing people from drunk driving and killing innocent people.
The current laws for drunk drivers aren’t strict enough to keep other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians safe. According to “Drinking and Driving,” when a person’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is at .08$, “Muscle coordination is poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing), it is harder to detect danger and judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired resulting in reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, loss of speed control, reduced information...
References: "Drinking and Driving." Home: Learn About Alcohol: Drinking and Driving. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. <http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/learn-about-alcohol/drinking-and-driving>.
"MSP - Alcohol Impaired Driving." MSP-Alcohol Impaired Driving. State of Michigan, Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. <http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123- 1593_3504_22774-49577--,00.html>.
"2011 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview." 5 NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. <http://www- nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811701.pdf>.
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