Cause and Effect


Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is
one of the most dangerous things you can do. There is a
mass of research evidence to show that driving performance
and reaction times are seriously affected by alcohol. If
you drink and drive, you are not only a danger to yourself
but also to your passenger, other road users and
pedestrians. In fact, every 30 minutes, someone in this
country dies in alcohol-related crash. Every 30 minutes!
And last year alone more than one million people are
injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes. Alcohol is a
depressant that slows down body reactions and the working
of the brain. Each year drunk driving is responsible for
about 25% of these deaths. The risks of drinking are
alcohol-related accidents and violence. The effects of
alcohol are poor coordination and slurred speech, double
vision, decrease of self control loss of consciousness and
death. There are legal consequences due to drinking also.
The more a person drinks, the more their ability to make
important decisions becomes impaired. After just one drink,
a driver can lose their ability to perform the tasks
necessary to drive a car. At a certain point, a driver will
become illegally intoxicated and can be arrested for
attempting to operate a motor vehicle. In every state on
out country there is a legal limit to how much alcohol you
can have in your body if you are driving. If you drink and
drive you can lose your driver's license and even go to
jail. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for
teens and young adults. More than 5,000 young people die
every year in car crashes and thousands more are injured.
Drivers who are 16 years old are more than 20 times as
likely to have a crash as are other drivers. There are two
main reasons why teens are at a higher for being in a car
crash and lack of driving experience and their tendency to
take risks while driving. Teens drive faster and do not
control the car as well as more experienced drivers. Their
judgment in traffic is often insufficient to avoid a crash.
In addition, teens do most of their driving at night, which
can be even more difficult. Standard driver's education
classes include 30 hours of class-room teaching and 6 hours
of behind-the-wheel training. This is not enough time to
fully train a new driver. Teen drivers are more like to be
influence by peers and other stresses and distractions.
This can lead to reckless driving behaviors such as
speeding, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol,
and not wearing safety belts. There is no safe amount that
you can drink and still drive. Even one drink can influence
your driving offences. It is often too late by the time
they seek help. They face losing their license, having
embarrassing court appearances, press coverage and heavy
fines. Many are just ordinary people who have a few social
drinks, get behind the wheel and then get pulled over by
the police. So try to manage your life so that you do not
drink and drive. If you go out for a drink, try to go
somewhere that you can reach either on foot or by public
transportation. Think about sharing the driving on
different days with a group of people so that you can take
turns at driving. If you do drink even though you meant not
to, and you went out with your vehicle, consider taking a
taxi and leave your vehicle behind. This is a whole lot
cheaper than getting prosecuted!


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