Drinking and Driving - A Persuasive View.

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Drinking and Driving

Coming home late one night from a friend's house, I was driving behind a car which was traveling at a fairly slow rate of speed. As I followed, I began to notice the car start to weave in and out of the lane. Within moments, the car slid a little bit too far off of the road and when the driver tried to get back on the road, they overcompensated the turn and sent the car into a violent spin. I quickly stopped and got out to see if the driver was ok. Luckily, the car had no damage and the driver was fine. It was a woman in her 30's and she told me that she was pretty drunk. She was fine though so I just laughed and told her I would stick to the back roads if I were her. We both drove away and I am pretty sure she made it home fine without hurting herself or anyone else; but many time, this is not the case.

Today I would like to talk to you about the concerns of drinking and driving, and why it is a problem for all of us. There are three main reasons as to why you should never drive drunk. The reasons are: the penalties of drinking and driving, the accidents and potential dangers, and finally the problem of underage drinking and driving.

I'd like to start off by talking about the penalties of drinking and driving. Did you know that drunk driving is the nation's most frequently committed violent crime? Studies have found that 21 to 34 year olds make up approximately half of all the drunk drivers that are in alcohol-related fatal accidents. They are also responsible for more fatal accidents than any other age group, and...