Drunk driving is when an individual drinks alcohol over the limit and drives

Drunk driving is when an individual drinks alcohol over the limit and drives

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Drunk driving is when an individual drinks alcohol over the limit and drives. The use of alcohol often starts at the age of eleven and the average age for drinking is fourteen. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a major health problem in the United States as it accounts for a high number of road fatalities; hence, there is a need for stricter drunk driving rules in the United States in order to reduce drunken driving fatalities. There is a need for the introduction and implementation of new drunk driving laws by the legislature, because presently the united States drunk driving laws are too lenient. The continuous rate of drunken driving fatalities makes a case that the united States drunk driving laws are too lenient and makes a call for stricter laws. According to Valenti “countries with strict drunk driving penalties have a far lower incidence of accidents than the United States (1). The United States being a first world country is weak in enforcing strict punishment for drunk drivers. Valenti is emphasizing on the fact that the united States need to improve their present laws and be firm in enforcing these new laws. There is a need for the United States to improve on their severity of its drunk driving penalties just the way the other part of the world have done and this is giving them a reduced rate of drunk driving fatalities. The claim of the leniency of the United States drunk driving laws is further stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this is a prominent body when it comes to the issue of drunken driving fatalities. It claims that the drunken driving laws are severe enough. “Despite great strides in awareness, education and enforcement in the last two decades the United States still has one of the most lenient drunken driving standards in the world”. (NHTSA of existing laws. There is a need for stricter laws to be introduced as the United States ranks behind the world when it comes to effort to combat drunk driving and more efforts need to be put in place by the implementation of harsher laws so as to reduce the high rate of repeat offenders and first time offenders. The rate of repeat offenders is rising and the need to suppress this rate should be attended to immediately. Statistics supports the implementation of stricter rules, as the continual rate of the repeat offenders increases. The rate of repeat offenders is of great concern as it is at a very high level. This is due to the fact that there is not stricter punishment for the first time offenders. According to Sandra C. Lapham,(et all) National Highway Traffic Administration data indicates that 21-48% o of drivers are arrested or convicted for DUI had previous offenses of alcohol impaired driving.(1) The data above further emphasizes the need for more severe punishment to be implemented as can be deduced from the statistics above. The ineffective sanctions available to DWI offenders, previous offenders still on committing the same offense because they were not properly dealt with and have not learnt their lessons
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course ENGL 0301 taught by Professor Ganon during the Fall '11 term at North Texas.

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Drunk driving is when an individual drinks alcohol over the limit and drives

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