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Drinking and Driving

             After drinking ten beers one night a man by the name of Frank Cummings decided he wasn't to drunk to drive. He said "I felt impaired, but not to drunk to drive". So he got in his car and started driving. He wanted to get back to his job on an oil rig. While driving Frank failed to make a curve and went of the side of the road hitting a bicyclist. He was to drunk to even help the young man he had hit. He tried to call 911 but couldn't and he knew how to perform CPR but couldn't do that either. Thinking that the man was dead he drove off, but was soon caught by the police. Later on he found out that the man was still alive when he abandoned him on the side of the road and later on died. Frank was someone who had gotten behind the wheel of a car while being drunk, something many people themselves have done (Record Eagle, 2001). Even I have many family members who have think they can drink and drive any time they please. Unfortunately, one of these days that could hurt someone or themselves. Drunk driving remains a serious national problem that tragically affects thousands of victims every year. Over twenty percent of all traffic related deaths in the United State each year are caused by drunk drivers. Driving while either intoxicated or drunk is dangerous and drivers with high blood alcohol content (BAC) are at increased risk of car accidents, highway injuries and vehicular deaths (Hanson, 2003). The numbers of injuries, and fatal accidents caused by drunk driving can not only be reduced but also prevented in two main ways, personally and legally. .
             A way to personally help prevent drunk driving is by not drinking in the first place if a person has to drive afterwards. If a person does drink and must drive afterwards they should always having a designated driver with them or call a cab. A designated driver is simply a person who agrees to abstain from alcohol and be responsible for driving others home.

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