Keys to drunk driving

Letter to the Editor
Posted 12/5/18

A key to limiting drunk driving Just hearing the words don’t drink and drive hasn’t made a difference. According to Alcohol Alert and Tiftickjian Law Firm, in 2010 there were 142 deaths. In 2017, …

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Keys to drunk driving

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A key to limiting drunk driving

Just hearing the words don’t drink and drive hasn’t made a difference. According to Alcohol Alert and Tiftickjian Law Firm, in 2010 there were 142 deaths. In 2017, there were 226 deaths due to alcohol-related traffic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states every 48 minutes someone in the U.S. loses their life to an alcohol-related traffic accident.

According to the NHTSA and Sobering Up, half the people who drive while intoxicated have left a bar. If there was a way to keep people from leaving the bar intoxicated and driving home, we could cut the number of deaths each year in half.

Imagine when people enter a bar they turn in their keys. If the individual wishes to leave with their keys they must prove they are sober by taking a breathalyzer. A taxi service, Uber or Lyft, should be provided to individuals who are unable to drive. In cases where the bartenders have taken keys from an intoxicated individual, they prevented another death.

This solution of dealing with drunk drivers may seem impractical but so did the idea of seat belts when they were first proposed. People would eventually get used to this system as it becomes a normal concept. If we can bring the population of drunk drivers down then we would be safer from alcohol-impaired drivers.

Ashlynn Secor,

Westminster

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