BC: “90% of All Drunk Driving Happens After Drinking With Family, Friends, and Coworkers. There is almost always somebody around who could be part of the solution. Don't let drunk driving happen right in front of you”(http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/). Drinking and driving can be prevented by everyone because it is a choice you make. There are many college campuses who have designated driver programs set up to prevent drinking and driving. All you have to do is call the number of the program and they will take you home without asking any questions. I think every college campus should have some kind of program like this and students should be highly encouraged to use it. Law enforcement is also getting more strict on the consequences of drinking and driving and getting a d.u.i. I know of a girl who recently got a d.u.i. and she has to have a breathalyzer installed in her car for a year. I think this will help her to never drink and drive again. I think drinking and driving would fall under the interactionist perspective. After seeing statistics of the fatalities of drinking and driving many people realized how big of a problem it is and started finding ways to prevent them. One of the major organizations set up to prevent drinking and driving is Mothers Against Drunk Driving(MADD). “The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.” To date, MADD’s work has saved nearly 300,000 lives and counting (http://www.madd.org/about-us/mission/). I believe this is a big social problem and something that will not go away, but with the help of others it can be prevented and the number of accidents a year can decline.
FC: Drinking and Driving
1: Driving under the influence of alcohol is a big problem in today’s society. It is not only a problem for those under age and twenty one years old, but also a problem for those of all ages. Drinking and driving accidents occur by people of all ages, but the majority are from young adults. When people have been drinking they do not think they have had that much, so they think they are fine to drive home or wherever. There are also times when someone designates a driver but the designated driver ends up having a few drinks and puts everyone’s life at risk. This is a big problem at colleges too. Students go to parties thinking they will not drink that much or will not get that drunk, but end up driving home and putting innocent lives at risk. I have heard stories from my friends saying they were so drunk that they do not even know how they made it home, but somehow they were able to drive themselves home without getting in an accident or getting a d.u.i. Thankfully they were not injured and did not injure anybody else. I do not think that many students realize that all it takes is one time to drive under the influence to ruin your life and potentially somebody else's life. I think it is important to teach students in high school the consequences and severity their actions can have when they drink and drive. When I was in high school we had a guest speaker who had lost a child to a drunk driver and another speaker who killed someone because they were drunk driving. Both of those speakers lives were forever changed because of drunk driving and bad decisions. The man who had killed somebody said he will never be the same and was sorry that he had made that bad decision to drive home. Having these speakers at my high school helped me to realize how drinking and driving can really change someones' life. I think it is helpful when you hear someone talk from experience rather than people just lecturing you about it. I know I will never drink and drive because I do not want to put innocent lives at risk.
2: Walking the line When an officer thinks you are under the influence of alcohol he may have you step out of the car and try to walk in a straight line. This is one of the many tests officers use to check for drunk driving. If you fail the test you will be taken to jail and be given a dui. This photo was retrieved from: http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oG7hTE511QYxQA.BxXNyoA?p=drinking+and+driving&fr=yfp-t-701&fr2=piv-web Date: unknown
3: Sobriety Test This is a photo of a woman taking a breathalyzer test to check her blood alcohol level. The legal limit of blood alcohol concentration for those who are 21 and up is .08. There is zero tolerance for underage drinking and driving. This photo was retrieved from: http://www.corbisimages.com/Search#q=D.U.I.&p=1 Date:unkown
4: Consequences There is not one good thing that can result from drinking and driving. Some of the less severe consequences are being put in jail, getting a d.u.i. that goes on your record, getting your license suspended, etc. The more severe consequences are being severely injured or injuring someone else, being killed or killing someone else. It's not worth putting your life or others at risk. This photo was retrieved from:http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oG7hTE511QYxQA.BxXNyoA?p=drinking+and+driving&fr=yfp-t-701&fr2=piv-web Date: Unknown
5: Effects of drinking and driving This is a picture of a girl who was hit by a drunk driver. She was pinned in the car when it caught fire and was severely burned. The drunk driver who hit her walked away with minor injuries. Her life is now forever changed because of that one person's poor choices. Photo retrieved from: http://www.duiauthority.com/dui/ Date: unknown
6: Reality Check I think this sign says it very well, if you drink and drive you are gonna end up in jail, a hospital, or die. This is something that many college students don't think will ever happen to them. All it takes is to go to one party or some type of social that involves drinking and driving to put your life and others at risk. This photo was retrieved from:http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oG7hTE511QYxQA.BxXNyoA?p=drinking+and+driving&fr=yfp-t-701&fr2=piv-web Date: Unknown
7: Police on the Scene of Fatal Drunk Driving crash In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes (http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired). This photo was retrieved from: http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/accident_story/3-11-04.html Date: Unknown