Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alchohol is one of the most dangerous things that a human can possibly do. When people drink and drive, they are not only putting themselves in danger, they're also jeopardizing the lives of other road users and pedestrians. The car becomes a weapon with a drunk driver in it.
At a young age I watched my uncle James drink and drive thinking it was completely normal. Everything was ok until one day he got drunk and lost control of the car and hit a tree. Today, I am still wondering what causes people to drink and drive. Could it be pressure from their peers, by acting wild at parties and showing off Or just not thinking of the consequences after drinking out a party and wanting to get home.
After many years of watching and assuming drinking and driving was normal, I have completely changed my beliefs and want everybody to realize the true effect of drunk driving.
I believe peer pressure plays a major role in whether a teen will get behind the wheel of a car and drive after drinking. These drivers are not thinking of the consequences because they want to keep their cool reputation. I believe peer pressure is not to hard to avoid if we learn to make responsible decision and believe it does not matter what your peers think.
Drinking at parties is another major cause of my changed belief toward drunk driving. When a teen attends a party they most likely want to have a few drinks to casually fit-in with the group. When people consume alcohol very lightly and eat some snacks they can stay relatively sober and not react so extreme as a person who consumes to many drinks. It is a rarity that a person can stay sober at a wild teen party that has nothing but alcohol, because once a teen has a few drinks on an empty stomach, they tend to loose their senses and go overboard. This can apply to adults too. .
Young drivers who are between the ages of 16-20 years old are more likely to have drank alcohol and get into car accidents.