Don't Drink and Drive

            Drinking and driving is one of the more difficult problems for our society to solve. Organizations such as MADD, DUI, and many other groups have gone to great lengths to educate people of all ages on this situation. Unfortunately, in many cases their struggle has not been effective enough. While 80% of drivers have heard of blood alcohol level from an informative paper or commercial, only 20% know what their state's limit is. Essentially, this means that the message is not sinking into the minds of people. It is a common problem for a media campaign not to be effectual, but one as important as this shouldn't have become so cliche. An example of drinking and driving arises simply when a person doesn't acknowledge that he/she isn't fit to drive, and no one else argues with them. Generally, when sober, people know that it is wrong to drink and drive, but it boils down to the fact that at the time when this important decision is being made, a person's judgment is impaired. .

             This problem is all too common among young people. Although people attempt to drill the message "don't drink and drive" into young minds everywhere as early as kindergarten, it doesn't seem to be enough. A child needs to get this message early and often. This is unfortunately not always so. Today, only one in every three parents has given their children a clear "no use" message about alcohol. Contrary to popular belief and hope, the problem is not just going away. Alcohol use still remains the number one problem among young people. To some degree, this is as much the responsibility of the parents as it is the children's. Many parents have simply thrown in the towel and have tried to compromise with their children, saying it's all right to drink as long as they don't drive. They don't seem to understand that you can't make a good decision when you have a BAC of .10%. People are learning now that it is not always the "other guy" whose kid dies in an alcohol-related driving accident.

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