The Driving Epidemic
Driving under the influence of alcohol is an obviously possible dangerous scenario. In a tragic case in San Antonio, an uncle who was suspected of drinking and driving when his car wrecked with him and his 23-year-old nephew. The car managed to roll and throw the two passengers from the vehicle. Drunk driving continues to be a plague on our society.The State released data that claims in a single year there are, “987 people killed in DUI crashes” as of 2016. Accidents like this have the potential to ruin many lives involved directly and indirectly.
Auto accidents are tragic things, but what is most unfortunate about them is that they are most times entirely avoidable. As the comfort level inside cars begins to get cozier perhaps it is leaving drivers nonchalant about their driving surroundings. Additionally, passing a driving test is fairly simple, and most people do not struggle with earning a license. In a document titled, Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts, the Texas Department of Transportation reported, “1 person was killed every 2 hours 27 minutes”. Clearly, the roads are not as safe as most people would assume them to be. Driving is an excellent place to survey Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong, but when things go wrong and alcohol is a factor this leaves the victim and their family in additional pain. On the roads today there is, “1 reportable crash occurred every 60 seconds”. In the event of these auto accidents, usually, the people involved suffer from physical injury and then go into financial hardships. In the accident that took place in San Antonio, alcohol use turned a family upside down when an uncle drunkenly wrecked his truck, killing his young nephew. Why should these tragedies continue? The misery of drivers in their drunkenness only creates more misery for the people whose lives they can ruin. Drunk drivers and sober drivers alike should be responsible for their actions. It is unacceptable to normalize statistics like, “there were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2015.” It would be of great service to every driver and passenger on the road to call for competent drivers education programs and a new, effective approach to ending drunk driving.
Based on the evidence, it seems that efforts to prevent drunk driving still have more to do. The statistics show that death or injury in a typical roadway accident is more common than most people care to admit. Still, with the addition of drunken driving or alcohol related accidents, it seems that traffic commissions can improve their prevention efforts.
To summarize, auto accidents are extremely common. So common, in fact, that every minute that passes there is at least one reportable incident. This rate of occurrence is staggeringly high considering it takes eight hours, at least, to drive across the large state of Texas. In that time, at least 480 reportable accidents occurred. This rate of accidents is avoidable through better prevention efforts. Such efforts begin very locally and are meant to promote the betterment of the entire community.