Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol 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. At a young age, I use to watch my uncle James drink and drive thinking it was completely normal. Everything was ok until one day he got too drunk and lost control of the car and hit a tree. Today, I? am still pondering on what caused people including my uncle to drink and drive? Could it be pressure from your peers, or going and acting wild at a party, or maybe it?s the numerous of underage teens drinking behind the wheel. 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. It may be obvious to say, but I believe peer pressure plays a major role in whether somebody will be getting behind the wheel after a few drinks. I think its more important for our young drivers, because most young people try to maintain a cool reputation.
That means they will go along with just about anything their friends will say, instead of making responsible decisions. For example last week, my cousin BJ and some of his friends was hanging out at the club for a drink and everybody was pressured to drink, if not they were called wimps and punks. So its about 3am and nobody is in the right status to drive. So I received a call from the club owner saying to come and pick up my cousin and his friends. I rushed down there thanking god that he didn?t get behind the wheel drunk with a possibility of killing everybody in the car. My cousin should of been more responsible and ignored the pressure and explain that if he drink, everybody will help pay for a taxi. Peer pressure! is not too hard to avoid, all we have to do is to make good decisions and explain them your decision, if their reasonable people they should understand. Drinking too much at parties is another major cause of my changed belief towards drunk driving.
When an individual attends a party they expect to have a few drinks, because they want to casually fit-in with a group. When people consume alcohol very lightly they can stay sober and not react so extreme as a person who consumes too many drinks. For example, I attended a house party last week and my friend Cedric got completely drunk. He started out drinking very slowly and casually, then he began to consume drink after drink by the end of the night he couldn?t talk straight. I told him the next day about how crazy he was acting but he still don?t believe me. It is a rarity that a person can stay sober at a wild party that has nothing but alcohol, because once a person has a few drinks they begin to want more and possibly go overboard with it. Whether it means to drink faucet water all night, or just eating chips, we must realize that enough is enough and stop drinking. In addition to drinking at parties, there is age factor. Young drivers who are between the ages of 16-20 years old are more likely to have alcohol and get into car accidents.
That is mainly because of their lack of driving experience and tendency to take risks and drink while driving. Under the influence of alcohol, their judgment in traffic is often insufficient to avoid a crash. In addition, teens do most of their driving at night, which can be even more difficult while drunk. Then the effects of alcohol that takes place are poor coordination and slurred speech, double vision, decrease of self control, loss of consciousness and death. There are legal consequences due to drinking also. After a couple of drinks, a driver can lose their ability to perform the tasks necessary to drive a car. At a certain point, a driver will become illegally intoxicated and can be arrested for attempting to operate a motor vehicle.
They face losing their license, having embarrassing court appearances, press coverage and heavy fines. Finally in conclusion, there is no safe amount that you can drink and still drive. Even one drink can influence your driving offences. My advice is to try to manage your life so that you do not drink and drive. If you go out for a drink, try to go somewhere that you can reach either on foot or by public transportation. Many situations like this will show up in a life, they just have to make good decisions. When we drink and drive, the effect is that your not only killing ourselves, but you?re putting others lives in jeopardy.