Speech: Punishment for Drunk Drivers

Good morning dear audience! Is anyone of you really aware of the fact that he is fully responsible for all incidents and deaths, caused by drunk drivers? Most luckily you are not. And in fact we do all bear the responsibility for our safety, for the safety of our children and we all have the power to improve the current situation.

We are used to the idea that all people have their individual rights, “right to drink alcohol” is considered by most individuals to be absolutely justified. They are used to say – I got home safely, nothing happened, why should I care? Or why should I be punished, if there is nothing terrible happened? Or why should I be prohibited to use my individual right and personal freedom? Still, even if this time everything was really ok and irrespective of the fact that the person was drunk, he got safely home, this is a not an argument for allowing anybody drive being drunk.

If you belong to those individuals, who do not drink at all or do not drive being drunk, you are also not expected just to say this is not my business, I do not have any problems with this. You should care as that single day might come, when you or your close person might be the participant of the car accident with a drunk driver. Would you still continue to state that this is not your personal problem? Is it wise to wait till this day comes? Probably it is not.

All societies exist in the frames of laws and regulations, each representative of the society is supposed to follow. Do we really follow? Sometimes we do not.  Are we always aware of the consequences? Often we are not.

Unfortunately drunk driving belongs to the list of the most often committed crimes. Statistically a chronic drunk driver is able to drive up to 1000 times before he is caught. Is he a lucky person? Or are there hundreds of other lucky individuals, who were near him and did not suffer?

When abusing alcohol most of individuals think of the pleasant relaxed state of mind and body, they are eager to experience and hardly would they think of other qualities of alcohol, such as for example its negative impact upon making judgments, perception depth, motor skills, etc. All these aspects are vitally important for safe driving. Do not laugh, but this is the best scenario, when a drunk driver is caught by the police. Why? Because his life and health, as well as life and health of other individuals around him, are saved this way. And he would have to hit a DUI/DWI. “According to 2009 drunk driving statistics there were 10,839 traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. This is those whose lives were lost not the total number of alcohol related accidents, or the number of individuals arrested for drinking and driving.” (Evans, 1991, p. 2).

Overall, the worst thing here is that all those deaths and injuries are in fact preventable, in other words, if preventing of the death of a cancer patient is a very sophisticated issue, as a lot of money, professionalism and luck is needed, then the cases of car accidents with drunk drivers are 100% preventable. All, what is needed, making the correct choice and not driving if an individual is drunk. In fact all those legal punishments have less power, than personal conviction and strong will. This is the main point, which I would like to pass to the audience, everybody is responsible, each single individual is able to make choice at least for himself and help to make this choice to his close people and friends and this could be already a serious step towards making the situation better.

References:

Evans, L. (1991). Traffic Safety and the Driver. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold

Gusfield, J. R. (1981). The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking-Driving and the Symbolic Order. Chicago, Ill.: The University of Chicago Press

Ross, L. H. (1992). Confronting Drunk Driving: Social Policy For Saving Lives. New Haven: Yale University Press

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