Drinking and Driving, how drinking and driving effects Americans today.

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In Belleville, Michigan, Judy Kay Rosin was a senior who had everything going for her. She came from a loving family, was graduating soon, and had already been accepted to two different colleges. She had two very close best friends and a great boyfriend. All this came to and end on November 16, 1995. On this very fateful night, just six days after turning seventeen, Judy and her nine year od sister, Krystal, were on their way to pick up their brother, Andy. Thats when a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit them head on. Krystal suffered minor cuts and bruises, while Judy never awoke. At first they thought pressure was being put on her brain, which was why she hadn't woke up yet. But when the brain surgeon came in he had totally different news. Judy was pronounced brain dead. Her sister, who is now seventeen, is president of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), and is doing her best to educate people on the subject.

In 2002 alone, 17,419 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents. That represents 41% of the 42,815 traffic fatalities, according to the statistics reported by CBS news. The group targeted as most likely intoxicated in 2002 were 21-24 year olds which made up 33%, followed by 25-34 year olds at 28%, and lastly 35-44 year olds at 26%. In the past ten years, 250,000 people have died from alcohol-related vehicular crashes. Though from the 1980's to now, the number of deaths have decreased dramatically, but each year they are increasing more and more.

When a lot of accidents occur, is usually during a holiday season. Last year, the New Years holiday was one of the worst. In three days, 575 traffic fatalities occured ; 301 alcohol related, which is 52.3% of...