Drunk Driving

Essay by diablita333 December 2002

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We all have dreams. Many of us dream about finishing high school, going to college and getting a good job. And everyone dreams about a safe and healthy future. Dreams are our hopes for a better tomorrow. Drunk driving kills those dreams--without warning and without reason.

Nobody will deny that having a few drinks among friends can be a very pleasant thing to do. Weddings and champagne, a toast at graduation or promotion for many people, a little glass of something can make an occasion special. Drinking is part of our cultural heritage. Ever since ancient times, alcohol has been associated with important rituals of all kinds, such as births, marriages, deaths and religious rites.

It is the same today, and most people understand that you get pleasure from drinking when you behave responsibly. But drinking and driving is a dangerous combination. In fact it is against the law.

As a responsible driver you should know that you are not allowed to drive if you have consumed more than the legal limit. The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of food, more commonly known as point zero eight. New York has zero tolerance for youth under 21 who drink and drive. If you get caught, you loose your license. That means even one beer will put you over the limit.

It is strictly forbidden to drive any motorized vehicle if you have been drinking. It does not matter who you are, how experienced you are, or why you were drinking. When you drink and get behind the wheel, you endanger yourself and everyone else on the road.

Every year over 17,000 people are killed by persons who choose to drink and drive. 17,000 people leave behind families who try as they may to deal...