October 1, 2012
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According to DrinkingAndDriving.org nearly 62 out of 10,000 people in Hamilton County are arrested for DUIs each year. This poses the question: What possesses someone to get behind the wheel after having even just one drink? In 2010, Indiana alone had 17,405 arrests for driving under the influence. 121 of those people arrested were under the age of 18 (centurycouncil.org). Drinking and driving can cause serious damage not just to oneself but to others around this shows that a lot of people don’t consider the repercussions of their actions. Drinking and driving is not only dangerous for the person committing the act, it is a serious matter. Drunk drivers harm innocent people both directly and indirectly, the effects are much greater than short term and death is often a consequence.
Drinking and driving harms others both directly and indirectly, not only are innocent bystanders caught in crossfire, family members often have to suffer the consequences of a drunk driver. In 2006 my family received a phone call that we were never expecting. A collect phone call came in from the Hamilton County Jail asking if we wanted to accept a call from Justin Haggard, my brother. I say yes, and immediately he starts in saying “Haleigh, don’t hand the phone to mom, just tell her I’m in jail and I need bailed out at five.” According to alcoholalert.com a full forty percent of the population will have their lives affected by drunk driving, whether by their own hand, or another driver. Court fees, lawyer fees, and the cost of a new car are just some of the repercussions that are still affecting my family today. One careless mistake can change the lives of everyone around, because these effects can be long lasting.
Two years ago my high school athletic director at Sheridan High School was pulled over for a DUI....
Cited: 2010 Arrest Data. n.d. 28 September 2012 .
Drunk Driving Facts. n.d. 1 October 2012 .
Drunk Driving Statistics Map. n.d. 28 September 2012 .
Sheridan athletic dir. arrested for DUI. 29 October 2010. 1 October 2012 .
Teens Mirror Parents ' Distracted Driving Habits In New Liberty Mutual Insurance/SADD Survey. 18 September 2012. 1 October 2012 .
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