23. Drunk Driving: Driving Under the Influence Is a Crime

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One of the worst decisions anyone can make is to drive a car after having too many alcoholic drinks. Alcohol will affect drivers in a way they may not even realize. Alcohol is a depressant that slows down a person's reactions. It also affects different people in different ways. Some people can have a beer or two, or maybe a couple of cocktails without being negatively affected, while others will be severely impaired with the same amount. For those who have a lower threshold for alcoholic drinks, even one or two drinks can mean trouble when driving an automobile.

Not only is drinking and driving not a good idea, it is against the law. In the United States, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is a very serious offense. If a person is caught by the police on a DUI charge, it will mean trouble for that person. Being convicted of DUI can mean the loss of the person's driver's license, a large fine, and worst of all, it may mean jail time.

Drinking and driving could also be dangerous. If a person drives after having a few too many drinks, his or her driving skills will not be as good as they should be. Drivers must have control at all times. Remember, a driver is operating a vehicle that weighs about 2,000 pounds, which could reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Driving a car is a great responsibility. Drunk drivers can cause accidents, injuries, and even deaths. So the next time you are going out for a good time, please consider using a ride-sharing service, or a taxi. Enjoy yourself. Have a few drinks, but be smart. The life you save may be your own.

          




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