Make drinking and driving a thing of the past


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Drugged driving and buzzed driving statistics that will make you think twice before getting behind the wheel

By Juli Wright

While evaluating anything, it is easy to create a list of pros and cons. After weighing the importance of each pro and con, it should help making decisions easier. In 2015, there were a lot of ups and downs, as there are every year. There was a lot of new music, while some popular artists seem to have fallen off of the face of the earth. There were fashion trends and popular phrases that need to be left in 2015.

However, of all of the things that should be left in 2015, driving under the influence is the most important. In 2011 alone, 1.2 million people got arrested for driving under the influence. Every two minutes, a person is injured from a drunk driving incident. In 2013, over 10,000 people died in drunk driving crashes, while 290,000 were injured by drunk driving incidents. We should make drinking and driving a thing of the past. Leave it in 2015, because it’s not worth it. If a pros and cons list of drinking and driving was made and weighed, it would definitely not look balanced; and, while I realize that still may not make anyone think twice before getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, it’s worth a shot.

W = Weight (weight of importance is being weighed 0-50, 0 being not important at all, 50 being very important.)

Pros Cons
You get where you need to be (maybe)

W – 10

You can crash and harm yourself, and anyone else on the road at the same time

W – 50

You can crash and damage your car and other property

W – 30

You can get pulled over, arrested, fined, and put in jail

W – 40

4. If you do cause death , or harm to anyone, you have to live with the guilt

W – 50

After seeing the consequences– and that the only plus side can easily be achieved through other means, like Uber or public transportation– people will still continue to drink and drive. Before going out to drink, people should have their rides planned out. If you have a big friend group and you go out drinking every weekend, come  up with a rotation of designated drivers. Another option is to sleepover wherever you plan to drink. I’m sure if you asked the host of the party, they would much rather you stay the night then put you at risk to get into a drunk driving accident. However, if none of those things are an option and it is too late to call anybody or do anything about it, it’s safer to just sleep in your car and drive home in the morning. Getting a ticket for sleeping in your car is much better than killing yourself, others, or injuring anybody, while also getting arrested for drinking and driving.

There is no excuse for drunk driving. Drinking and driving has always been a huge problem. Everyone needs to try and make it a thing of the past. Let’s leave it in 2015. Let’s start the new year with new, better habits. More importantly, let your friends and family know that you’re available to give them a lift when they are in need.