Laws Vs. Lives by Trisha Griswold

Laws vs. Lives

Justin Berryhill wakes up in a panic. For days this has happened ever since the incident. He can’t get away from the nightmare that is his life now. His family killed, and him left to survive without them. Cassadi four,  Kandice two, and there mother were all killed in a car crash in November of 2012. They were driving in South Haven, MI and a car operated by David Johnson crossed the centerline and killed the three but left the father unharmed. David was under the influence of alcohol.

This one example is the main reason the laws need to change.  At the present, it takes three times for a person to drive drunk without receiving the full consequences. The first offense is up to 93 days in jail, six points off your license, plus license suspension, and a fine. On the third offense you reap the full punishment, a year of imprisonment and charged with a felony, license suspension, and a fine. But why give them three chances, why not have the punishments the toughest in the beginning so they won’t do it again. With providing separate charges for each account I feel we are letting them get away with it for two times.

Some say that changing the law won’t solve the problem, people will still drive drunk. Drinking is so common in our society that increasing the laws won’t solve the problem. We either need a bigger police force or stronger security at bars and saloons. Or the possibility of creating cars with built in breathalyzers, and the car won’t start if you don’t pass. I think that all of these are a good idea, but these changes can’t be made instantly and we need to have fast results. For the number of deaths by drunk driving isn’t decreasing. The main question is, “Is the system working?” In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.  That’s 1% of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.

Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving disasters. How many people have you come face to face with today, held the door open for a few of them, sat in class next to any of them. Imagine your same day and all these people just gone because someone decided to drive drunk? Or how would you feel if someone was driving drunk and decided to swerve toward your sister or brother. How would you feel then about the laws on drunk driving and giving so many people second chances?  In 2011, 9,878 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 53 minutes. Will you be here in the next 53 minutes?


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