Caught Drunk Drivers

-Should They Loose Their License For A Year?-

My Opinion

In my opinion, I think that it would be smart for caught drunk drivers to loose their license for a year. If their license were taken away for a year, that could be an opportunity for them to straighten up and at least not to drink and drive again.

1. Time To Reflect

During that year, drunk drivers may still drink, but they would not be on the road. This helps to lower the risk of the drinker or other drivers to get hurt or to get into accidents from drunk drivers. For example, in Texas alone from 2003-2012, 13,138 people were killed in car crashes involved with drunk drivers. Also, if the drinker chooses that they want to stop drinking or lower their drinking rate, this is a time that they have a chance to do that.

Drunk Driving State Facts

2. It Is Effective

Legal scholars have studied the influence of celerity, which is the time elapsed between crime and punishment, and found that swift discipline is more effective than delayed discipline. The only thing can can stop the instant punishment is peoples rights, so police that pull drunk drivers over need to do it just right so that they can take away their license.

3. Reduces The Rate Of Alcohol-Related Crashes

Taking away the persons license can reduce the rate of alcohol-related crashes in many ways. Alexander Wagenaar, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, mentions the reduction in a quote. The quote says, "Preconviction license suspension laws are clearly successful in reducing the rates of alcohol-related crashes. Postconviction laws have virtually no effect." In conclusion, roads will be safer if drunk drivers lose their driving privileges on the spot, rather than later.

In the end...

In the end, I believe that caught drunk drivers should have their license taken away because that will keep them safe and others safe. Also, the person would have time to fix their act and be ready for when they get their drivers license again.

-Citations-

WEBSITES


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PICTURES


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