It seems that drunk driving consequences do not scare
drivers sufficiently enough; the rate of drunk driving accidents all
over the world still grows at an alarming rate.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the top reasons for accidents involving several teenage celebrities, which helped propel the problem of drink driving to the foreground.
As a result, drunk driving is now considered a societal problem and a very common and dangerous one that simply, frighteningly so, kills.
So how common is drunk driving in reality? The problem of drink
driving has been around ever since automobiles were first invented.
It wasn't, however, until the 1980s that people driving under the influence of alcohol became increasingly common. As a result, laws have been passed in every state and in many countries around the world to make drunk driving illegal.
In spite of all these laws, it seems they have done practically nothing to control the growth of drunk driving accidents. It's my opinion that the consequences of getting "caught" as a drunk driver are simply not severe enough to deter people.
Consider this: The year 2000 saw 16,653 deaths due to drunk driving, and the injuries recorded even reached a million in number. What's most alarming is that a large percentage of these deaths involved people under 21 years of age.
Due to the consistent involvement of young drivers in such accidents, the organization "Mothers Against Drunk Driving" was eventually formed.
Unfortunately, despite efforts to combat this dangerous phenomenon, drunk driving accidents still occur approximately every 32 minutes these days. So it is not an exaggeration to say that drunk driving kills.
Is driving after just ONE drink considered drunk driving?
Every time you drink, alcohol enters your bloodstream. This is how traffic enforcers can determine whether you are under the influence of alcohol when you are caught in an accident. They check your blood alcohol level.
There are breath tests and blood tests currently available for checking to see how much alcohol concentration is in your system at any given time.
The acceptable or allowed rate of alcohol content in the driver’s bloodstream is quite a controversial topic. In the 1990s, the legal limit was .10 percent, but in more recent years, the legal limit was lowered in an attempt to discourage people more strongly from driving under the influence.
These days, in the USA you are not allowed to drive if your blood alcohol concentration exceeds .08 percent. If you get caught doing so, you SHOULD be heavily fined and/or lose your driving license.
It's my opinion that any responsible person should refuse to get behind the wheel if they've had even one alcoholic drink. Why would you want to risk hurting or killing yourself, someone you love, or even an innocent stranger? The life-altering drunk driving consequences are just not worth it!
There are so many possible dangers of drunk driving. First of all,
the driver himself runs the risk of hurting himself and those riding in
the vehicle with him.
In addition, since most drink drivers have a diminished capacity to control their vehicles, they also endanger other motorists on the road. Many innocent pedestrians can also find themselves in undeserved peril if they are in the path of a driver under the influence.
To help prevent drunk driving, there are now several drunk driving consequences being implemented in an attempt to discourage people from driving while under the influence. Are the penalties harsh enough?
Each drunk driving case is heavily dealt with. Here’s how the consequences of drunk driving go in most situations...
First, the police officer or traffic enforcer will check your blood alcohol concentration. As mentioned, the limit of .08 percent is the standard in most US states, but in various places these numbers may be different. For example, in most of Australia the legal limit is .05 percent. For some drivers (young drivers) the limit is 0!
The legal limit continues to stir controversy since studies show that 0.02 and 0.05 BAC levels are enough to cause impairment in judgment and in one’s ability to track moving objects. Visual functions are also easily affected. The 0.05 level also reduces a person’s overall coordination and may already be enough to cause accidents. However, the legal limit is still set at .08 in most US states.
Automatic license suspension is the first consequence of driving under the influence. In many states, the drunk driving consequences also include mandatory jail time, and the penalties are greater for those who repeat the deed.
In fact, some states charge repeat offenders with up to three DUI cases with felony penalties, which strip them of their civil rights such as the right to vote or to own a weapon. This may even be enough to suspend a driver’s license for a long period that spans years or even permanently.
Drunk drivers will also be fined, and the fine increases the more you drink and drive. The laws do differ state by state, but are quite similar.
Suspended licenses are also sometimes accompanied by a DUI school which the offender has to attend in order to claim his license again. This is very common in most states nowadays. In the past, DUI classes were simpler. Now, however, DUI offenders are asked to undergo an assessment interview which will determine the full extent of his case and what needs to be done before he can claim his driver’s license again.
An evaluation may be conducted by a private counselor. The interview will mostly focus on evaluating the offender’s overall drinking problem. If found that the drinking is an abusive problem, then the offender has to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Repeat offenders, however, face larger consequences since they often have to spend 28 to 90 days in a detoxification and alcohol abuse treatment facility.
Mainly all of the legal drunk driving consequences involve a loss of time and money, which is why it is best to steer clear of this danger completely by NOT driving if you have been drinking even a little.
Apart from the legal consequences of drunk driving, the most important risk is that you will kill, maim, or seriously injure yourself or someone else. Is it really worth the risk? Can you live with the fact that your carelessness or thoughtlessness took someone else's life? Is a drunk driving accident worth the risk? Don't take the chance.
Do’s: Be a responsible driver; plan ahead.
Don’ts: Don’t drink and drive.
Despite the serious and long term drunk driving consequences, it is still one of the top
causes of car accidents. Protecting yourself from the dangers of driving
under the influence also means protecting other people from accidents
that can result from DUI.
If you plan on drinking while you are out and about, make the necessary transportation arrangements so you will never feel the need to drive under the influence.