Ignition Interlock Device and Driving Under the Influence

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Ignition Interlock Device and Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence has affected many people's lives and families. Today I would like to talk to you about the problems of drinking and driving, and why it is a concern for all of us. Driving under the influence is one of the most common and dangerous situations you can put yourself or someone else in. The fact is that drinking and driving is a huge deal and can leave a long trail of broken dreams and hearts. If you drink and drive, not only are you putting yourself at risk, but your passengers and the pedestrians outside of your vehicle

My younger brother found himself in this situation; he decided to go out with some friends and did not have a designated driver. It was around 0200 in the morning driving home on the highway at high speeds when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle flipped several times, my brother was ejected through the window and the passenger who also was drunk was pinned in the front seat. Both lived but my brother had several surgeries to reconstruct his face. I would think he learned his lesson after all the legal issues and medical surgeries that followed the decision to drive drunk. This happened again a few years later on a back road this time he almost died, I'm grateful he didn't hurt any innocent people and he is still alive today. DUI offenders can happen at any time and nobody is safe from their thoughtless actions.

The growing awareness of alcohol hazards has made people more cautious of their drinking habits, particularly young adults. At present young adults have the highest prevalence of alcohol consumption than any other age group. They also drink more heavily, experience more negative consequences, and engage in more harmful activities, specifically drunk driving. Although surveys have documented a decline in recent years, consumption rates remain highest from late teen years to the late twenties.

DUI offenders regardless of...