Drunk Driving Can Be Prevented
Drunk drivers are a major safety threat to themselves and others. Every day in America, 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (FARS, 2012). In addition, over 1.2 millions drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States: 2011”) Statistics however cannot reflect the pain and loss suffered by drunk driving victims and their families. Therefore, drunk driving can be prevented by law enforcement, self-control improvement and effective treatment to alcoholic. Law enforcement with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under influence (DUI) should be strengthened. Meanwhile the punishment for the hardcore drunk driving offenders should be more severe than before. Take New York City as an example, the DWI penalties (21 and older) for first offense are a $300-$500 fine and a license suspension for 90 days. The penalties for second offense are a $500-$700 fine, a license revocation for at least 6 months and up to 30 days in jail. (www.dmv.org/ny-new-york/automotive-law/dui.php) However, these penalties are not severe enough to prevent drunk driving. It is reported that a Texas man who has had nine DWI convictions in his life has been sentenced to life in prison for his recent offense in 2009 (ABC News, Aug 13, 2010). His license should have been revoked forever before the ninth conviction. Some people may object to this life penalty and think that is too harsh. On the contrary, it is saving innocent lives from the danger of a man who has consistently endangered himself and others. It is obvious for patrol departments to predict that alcohol impaired drivers will appear on the highway during each holiday period and weekend. Law enforcement should be strengthened. Once the hardcore drunk drivers are identified, it is important to prevent them from driving until...
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