Articles on Drunk Driving: True or Exaggerated

In almost every magazine and newspaper in the country, there are articles on drunk driving. Many of them are full of statistics and facts about the impact of drinking and driving on society. The issue here is whether or not to believe all of this information. The following will offer some thoughts on this topic to help people decide what to believe in these often frightening articles.


Pittsfield, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/14/2012 -- Figuring out what to accept as truth about driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is confusing. No matter what drinking and driving article one reads, there is often so much information in it that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by it all. There are news stories that say that certain states in the U.S. don’t prosecute DUI severely enough, allowing repeat offenders to continue their irresponsible and life-threatening behavior. Many of these cases are heard only by judges, not juries of the defendant’s peers, with a supposed acquittal 85-90% of the time. When a DUI case is heard by a jury, according to these stories, the acquittal rate is up to 30% less, indicating that the only method of prosecution for this crime is to be judged by a group of an offender’s contemporaries.

In other articles on drunk driving, there are statistics that make it seem that there is no hope of ever eradicating this problem from American society. It is said that up to 85% of teens drink alcohol on a daily basis, or that only 70% of them imbibe once or twice a month. Some articles say that DUI offenders don’t actually get caught until their third time, while others state that these drivers don’t get caught at all. Still others indicate that inebriated drivers don’t stop the behavior until they die in an alcohol-related accident, and that not even taking the life of an innocent person sobers these people up enough to not drive drunk again.

With all this data, what is a person supposed to believe? Is society at the mercy of these drunken drivers? Can these people be stopped, and if so, how? Well, there’s no one answer to these questions. Read a drinking and driving article over a couple of times, think about what it says, and make a decision based on how well-researched it is, where it’s facts come from, and if it seems intended to scare folks or to inform them. Consider what suggestions it offers to combat this sociological problem and if they seem realistic, that’s the article to believe.

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