Informative essay on drinking and driving problems in United States DUI: AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE

Essay by mongdizzleCollege, UndergraduateA-, February 2005

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NOTE: Maybe want to change introduction paragraph to one of thousands of stories available all over the web or news, etc. I actualy recieved this info. from a friend.

On November 18, 2001, Erin Klotz, a 20 year old student at Central Washington University at the time, was killed by a drunk driver. She was returning home to college after attending a music-teaching camp in Los Angeles, California. She had dreams of being a musician and conductor. After flying in to Sea-Tac airport, she was planning on taking a bus back to school. Instead, she ran into a friend from school and was offered a ride. She accepted. The two girls were traveling east-bound on Interstate 90 when a Sport Utility Van, driven by Debra Acey, slammed into them near North Bend. The crash instantly killed Erin and seriously injured her friend. Ms. Acey was traveling west in the east-bound lane at a speed of 100 miles per hour.

She had a blood alcohol content level equal to four times the legal limit of .08. She also had two prior convictions for driving under the influence (Kuss).

This story of Erin was provided to me by a friend referring to her niece. Indeed, it is a sad story- It is one of thousands of sad stories that families and friends of the victims deal with every year. We've all seen the signs on the side of the highway in memory of yet another victim of drinking and driving. We've all read the stories in the newspaper or seen them on the nightly news. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were 17,013 alcohol related fatalities across America in 2003. This number averages out to about one death every 30 minutes, and makes up 40% of total fatalities. The...