Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Drinking and driving

Driving while either intoxicated or drunk is dangerous and drivers with high blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) are at greatly increased risk of car accidents, highway injuries and vehicular deaths. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Alcohol affects everybody's driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop. The poor quality of Nigerian roads, as well as the lack of enforcement of penalties against drunk driving, has led to a large number of accidents.

Every now and then, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime. At any given point we potentially share the roads with different people with three or more drunk driving offenses. Taking away their licenses isn't enough; most still drive anyway. Most of these drunk drivers are people that are supposed to have been arrested for one crime or the other, that is why we should support the law enforcement agencies.

Possible prevention measures examined here include establishing DWI courts, suspending or revoking driver licenses, impounding or confiscating vehicle plates, impounding  or immobilizing vehicles, enforcing open container bans, increasing penalties such as fines or jail for drunk driving, and mandating alcohol education. Safety seat belts, air bags, designated drivers, and effective practical ways to stay sober are also discussed.

There should be employment consequences for drunk drivers and inability securing visas. It will help reducing this crime a little.

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