The consequences of driving under the influence can leave all those involved with lingering pain, unnecessary heartache, and life-long after effects. Driving while intoxicated causes a multitude of effects on the body, but one of the most dangerous is decreased vision. Impaired vision can cause the driver to misjudge the distance between themselves and other vehicles as well as the distance between themselves and objects on or around the road, making travelling short distances ten times more dangerous. The presence of excess alcohol in the body while driving also causes the drivers’ ability to concentrate to be drastically reduced. Being unable to concentrate on the road can cause the driver to be absent minded and be easily distracted by irrelevant objects outside of the driving area. A lack of concentration can also inhibit the driver from doing things like staying in the correct lane, going the correct speed limit, and seeing and obeying traffic signals. Aside from the effects on the body, driving under the influence also affects others who may not have even been involved in such an act. If someone were to cause an accident due to them being under the influence while driving, not only would it affect them, but it would affect their family, the other people involved, and the other people’s families. Every 53 minutes someone dies due to a drunk driving related accident in the United States and every 53 minutes someone’s family, friends, and co-workers are impacted as well. Due to facts like these, many groups and organizations have been created to make people more aware of the dangers of driving under the influence. One of the most influential groups is MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who’s mission is to aid the victims of drunk driving related incidents and spread awareness about the dangers driving under the influence. Nothing good can come of driving under the influence, whether it be because of the effects on the body or the effects it may have on others, it causes unnecessary disaster and leaves grief-stricken lives in its wake.
By: Amanda Peterson