Driving Under the Influence

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Driving under the influence is a huge killer among young people in America. Many young people have been killed because of the effects of driving under the Influence of Alcohol. More than one-fourth of college students age 18 - 24 have driven in the past year while under the influence of alcohol. This statistic can grasp anyone by surprise. Driving drunk is much more common in today's society than we sometimes think.

Traffic crashes are the major cause of death for children in the age group 0-14. Almost one quarter (21.4%) of these deaths is alcohol related. Many young people have had their lives shattered from the effects of drunk driving. Many teens have ended their lives and the lives of the passengers in their automobiles. Most teens don't even realize the effects a drink can have on their ability to drive a car.

Alcohol effects the senses in out body. It causes the human body to react slower to things that happen. Alcohol also distorts your vision making in nearly impossible to drive while under the influence of alcohol. It is proven that even one drink can effect the way a person drives a car. Drinking and driving is a huge mistake and since over ninety percent of driving is visual getting into a car after a few drinks is one of the most brainless things a person could do.

For most people, it does not take a great deal of alcohol to reach these blood alcohol levels. For a person who weighs 180 pounds, three or more drinks of hard liquor in a one hour period can cause a blood alcohol concentration in excess of .10 percent. And while some people believe that drinking beer or wine poses less danger of intoxication, the amount of alcohol in a 12 ounce bottle of beer or a 6 ounce glass of wine is equal to that in a 1-1/2 ounce drink of hard liquor.

In New Jersey it is illegal to be behind the wheel if your blood alcohol content is above .10 percent. If you are caught driving with a blood alc... Continue Reading