Upon viewing the atrocities of drunk driving first hand, I knew that action should be taken to prevent further occurrences of this issue, and that is what this essay, in addition to the current topic is meant to do, raise awareness. At the age of 11, I witnessed a close family friend’s death due to driving under the influence. It was midmorning on the highway, he had just left a bar and decided to go home, now he was incredibly drunk and unable to talk clearly, so claimed his girlfriend, she and he got on a two-wheeled motorized deathtrap. Another drunk driver, who smashed the bike into pieces, leaving the two of them to fly off into his impending doom and her unhealable injuries, then hit him in the rear. She was critically injured and left paralyzed from the neck down. All that was left of him was a ring with an inscription that he meant to give to his son, who now has to live the rest of his life without a father.
It is very important to me that we work to fix this issue because accidents like this occur daily, and whether you are drunk behind the wheel or not, you do not deserve to die. People die in this way each day and the numbers of people dying increase by the year. We need to teach the importance of prevention of drinking and driving and the effects that may happen when you step behind the wheel intoxicated. If it were not for the lessons that schools have about management of alcohol and what not than one could only imagine the amount of deaths that would occur.
If we could work with the youth to council them more so than we already do on the prevention of drinking and driving then we may be able to prevent it once and for all. I despise the use of any sort of mind-altering chemicals, but alcohol is at the top of my list due to the impaired nature that it causes when used in dangerous circumstances. If it were up to me, the use of alcohol would be completely prohibited and it would not be allowed in any way, shape, or form. So I ask of you, do you believe that it should be allowed to harm yourself in such a manner?
By: Ottis Jaggers