How to Prevent Drunk Driving in BC

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Chen Zhu

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ENGL 112 15M

What is the Best Solution to Preventing Drunk Driving in BC?

It is true that automobiles make it convenient for people to get around. Drunk driving is a serious crime - in terms of its prevalence and its consequence. A statistic from British Columbia Ministry of Justice shows, from 2008-2012, 472 people were killed in road crashes that involves at least one driver with a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) over 0.08 in BC, and these alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 26 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities (MVFBC). Alcohol-impaired driving remains a serious problem that tragically effects many victims annually. As a result, a great emphasis is needed on the implementation of effective and efficient strategies to prevent drunk driving. Many experts have been trying to use various strategies to prevent people from impaired driving over the last 50 years. Faye S.

Taxmana and Alex Piquerob claim, "[i]n particular, license suspensions and license revocations provided the most consistent evidence for deterrence." On the other hand, J. Yu claims, "[w]hen both license actions and fines are considered, the latter is likely to be more effective than the former for repeat offenders". In addition, R Reis and J Nichols claim, "[l]onger term treatment programs are the only approaches that have demonstrated reductions in DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenders". Although these strategies taken by other researches contain merit, they fail to consider the fact that only a small portion of drunk drivers can be found by policemen each day. In fact, the most useful and feasible solution to prevent drunk driving is setting more DUI (driving under the influence) checkpoints to arrest all drivers who have an illegal BAC level. The key supports exist to prove the superiority of setting more DUI are that...