If there is one problem with us Americans, which there are countless, it would have to be that we lean on alcohol and drugs a little too strongly for our comfort sometimes. This is not going to be an informative post on the effects of drugs and alcohol because I think anyone in affiliation with them knows just how they work and manipulate. No, this is going to be an informative post on how people under the influence have caused tragedies for not only themselves but for others. Here is a list of facts on drunk driving I pulled from the site facts.randomhistory.com. I figured ligament facts would be more influential than me rambling on about how angry it makes me that people see it fit to endanger others for one of the numerous reasons why drunk individuals pursue such a task as driving anyhow. But, I decided to bless you all with a lovely rant of mine anyway.
1. Drunk driving cause about 1/3 of all traffic fatalities in the U.S.
2. In the year 2007, alcohol-impaired driving was involved in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Americans.
3. On AVERAGE, someone in the U.S is killed by a drunk driver every 40 MINUTES.
4. About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related collision at some point in their life.
5. Because alcohol dilutes itself in the water volume of the body in order to travel through it, vital organs that contain a lot of water (such as the brain) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol.
6. A driver with a BAC of .08 g/dL is 11 TIMES more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol
7. Drivers are far more likely to be alcohol-impaired during the night than during the day. In 2007, 36% of drivers involved in nighttime fatal crashes were legally drunk versus just 9% during daytime collisions.
8. An alcohol-related collision is more than twice as likely to occur on the weekend than during the week. Roughly 31% of drivers involved in fatal crashes on the weekend are legally drunk, as opposed to just 15% during the week.
9. Men are about twice as likely as women to drive under the influence of alcohol and to be involved in a fatal collision.
10. The deadliest drunk-driving accident in the U.S. occurred in 1988 on Interstate 71 in Kentucky when a drunk driver with a BAC level of .24 g/dL caused a head-on collision with a school bus. The crash and ensuing fire killed 27 people (most of them children) and injured 34 others.
11. According to one study, using a cell phone while driving can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, causing drivers to miss traffic signals and react more slowly to driving conditions. Frighteningly, the NHTSA estimates that more than 100 million U.S. drivers use their cell phone while driving and about 8% of drivers on the roadway at any given daylight moment are either conversing or texting on their cell phone.
I cannot stress how many brilliant, young minds I have gotten the honor to associate with and to even think that everything they’ve worked for can be torn from them in a matter of seconds due to someone else’s fault is sickening. Whether it be getting in the car with a drunk parent or friend at the wheel, or to share the road with an anonymous drunk driver, our lives and the lives of those you love are at risk.
Alcohol does not seem like something we will ever fully rid of, and that is not what I am trying to imply, but it is something we can learn to use responsibly, considerately, and proportionately.
No one deserves to lose their life, or that of a loved one because you decided your life is so hard you’re going to drink profusely then drive until the road ends. WAKE UP AMERICA!
I’m tired of peoples bs! What 10-year-old should have to wake up praying that their parent doesn’t get drunk today and do harm to anyone? What child should have to guard the life of another when their parents could be perfectly capable had they controlled their drinking?!
Adults want to sit back and criticize us and newer generations and claim we aren’t fit, nor will we ever be fit enough, to run our nation, yet at the ages of 6, 10, and 16 we can clearly see, comprehend, and pinpoint the issue with the adults running our country and our lives today. We see you getting drunk every weekend, electing a clown as our president, pulling money out of schools, serving us nutrition-poor lunches, rejecting the validity of your children’s depression and anxieties.
Just take a look around and realize some of you won’t be here much longer, may it be due to your poor diet, lack of exercise, or old age, but take another look around how the many kids and young adults who have and will lose their lives because of the mistakes of previous generations.
OH, BUT WAIT, do not think I’ve forgotten just how much Millennials are to blame for a large percent of deaths and collisions due to drunk driving.
But, riddle me this: your children now are the ones with the alcohol problems, why? You fear these generations are not fit to run the nation, let alone the world, but we looked to you for guidance and answers. Is it truly our fault if you failed to provide them to us? Yes, each body has a mind of its own, but never forget how dependent we once were on you, how we looked to you for answers to life’s greatest mysteries and how naïve we were to trust and believe you. We mirrored your every move and replayed the mistakes you were too ashamed to share with us.
We’re trying to pick up the pieces. Give us a break.
*This is not intended to target any one being. This post is implying that we, as students, with you as our instructors, are doing the best we can, especially where we are economically and politically. I do not appreciate the constant criticism Millennials and those after receive for trying to express ourselves in a manner separate from the one previous generations pursued. I think we should all take a step back to see that we are all learning as we grow, but drunk driving just seemed to need a little more attention because that is not something one really dabbles in and learns from. YOU JUST DON’T DO IT. It is not okay to ever endanger anyone else, let alone yourself.