Texas And DWIs

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Texas and DWIs The problem I have chosen to write about is driving while intoxicated (DWI). Every year thousands of people in Texas die do to drunk drivers. According to Insurance institution for highway safety, in 1998 in Texas there was a total of 3,577 traffic deaths, 1,792 of these deaths were related to alcohol, that is 50.1%. This is much higher than the national average of 38.4%. According to the Texas Safety Network "only 7 percent of all crashes involve alcohol use, but nearly 39 percent of fatal crashes do." Traffic accidents are the lead cause of deaths for people between the ages of 6 and 33; almost half are alcohol related. Something must be done to lower this number. This is why DWI is a serious problem in Texas? While I do believe in having laws on drunk driving, I do not believe in the way the government is trying to address the problem.

The national government tries to enforce their own ideas on states by giving them money to do what they want them to do. The National Government is giving money to any and all states that will reduce the legal intoxication level to .10% to .08% or lower. Texas has dropped the level to .08% along with eleven other states, but is that really the solution. According to Dennis A. Challeen (a district judge) "most drunk drivers fatalities have (BAC) blood alcohol content levels close to .20%. If law makers reduce the level to .08%, hey are simply catching more of the wrong people, he people who are not the problem." The problem is most solutions are based on the wrong reasons; emotion, personal vendetta, nor are they backed up with statistical data.

According to NMA (National Motorist Association) " lowered BAC levels...