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Jake Eitreim Drunk Driving

Impact

The topic of drunk driving has imapcted my brother and a co-worker. My brother is a police officer in Willmar and has to deal with drunk drivers pretty regularily and they can at times be dangerous. A co-worker of mine got a DUI and he said if he could go back in time he would change the decision he made of drunk driving in the blink of an eye. It effects his life every day because it has made it harder for him to get a well paying job and he had to big fines to pay it off.
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Facts

  1. Alcohol is a depressant which means it slows down your body and nervous system. This makes decision making and reactions blurred and slow.
  2. Drunk driving crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths.
  3. In 32% of car crashes at least one driver is drunk.
  4. In 2011 over 1.2 drivers were arrested for driving drunk.
  5. BAL is blood alcohol level which means how much alcohol is in your system.
  6. 0.08 BAL is considered drunk driving.
  7. DUI is Driving Under the Influence also known as drunk driving.
  8. A person is injured in a drunk driving accident every two minutes.
  9. On average two in three people will be in a drunk driving accident sometime in their life.
  10. Drunk driving is four times as likely to happen at night as it is in the day.
  11. 10,076 people were killed in a drunk driving accident in 2013.
  12. 17% of people that die in a drunk driving accident are from 0-14 years old.
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Why I chose this topic

I chose this topic because I think that teens and other drivers need to be fully aware of the consequences of drunk driving. I also chose this topic because I have a co-worker who has been arrested for a DUI and completely regrets it and says it is not worth trying to drive drunk. My brother is also a cop and he has to deal with drunk drivers pretty regularly.
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What's next

Throughout the rest of the year I plan to learn about the consequences of drunk driving and how to avoid them. I also hope to learn how to create a website to display my information.