The Situation
  45% of all deaths in automobile accidents are attributed to alcohol.

On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes.

Fifty to 75 percent of drunk drivers whose licenses are suspended continue to drive.
Let's face it...most of us drink. We drink because it's fun! But what isn't fun is losing a loved one to an intoxicated person who got behind the wheel of a car thinking they weren't "too" drunk to drive.

The penalties for drinking and driving are very harsh consider-ing no one deliberately intends to harm someone with their vehicle. While it's true cars can be thought of as weapons, it's also true that drunk driving accidents are just that: acci-dents. Worse yet is the fact that all consideration for sobriety disappears after the first drink. 

In my opinion, a 15-25 year sentence for killing a person while driving intoxicated is unnecessarily cruel. Especially for a young man or woman just getting their start in life. Some form of penalization is definitely warranted and while these penal-ties have worked to an extent, the highway remains a very dangerous place to be.

The brave young lady at left is Jacqueline Saburido, who in 1999 survived a horrific drunk

driving accident. Two of her 

friends were killed while she suffered burns to 60% of her body. Courageously appearing in several campaigns to bring awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving, she is nothing short of a messenger from God. Further information about her can be found by clicking on her picture.

Even with the steady flow of exposure on a daily basis, the frequency with which drunk driving accidents occur is truly surprising. The statistics are stag-gering!

  • Over 1.46 million drivers were arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States. 

  • Of the over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips estimated that Americans took in 2002, over ten percent (18 million trips) were made by 18-20 year olds. 
  • A first time drunk driving offender on average has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested. 
  • Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion in 2000, including $51.1 billion in monetary costs and an estimated $63.2 billion in quality of life losses.
Clearly, with numbers being what they are, public awareness and law enforcement are simply not effective enough to lower the fatality rate significantly.

While drunk drivers who kill and maim often face prison sentences longer than vicious murderers, rapists, child molesters and serial killers, the carnage taking place on our roadways is yet, far from abating.
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