Drunk Driving. Drinking and Driving.
Drunk driving poses a serious threat to members of a community. DUI, or driving under the influence, is extremely dangerous to drivers, their passengers, and anyone else who may be driving on the road or passing by while the intoxicated person is operating his or her vehicle. Drinking and driving kills thousands of people every year, and accounts for approximately 40% of all traffic fatalities. This directly effects members within a community, as a death of a neighbor is a tragedy which everyone in the community will feel. It is especially dangerous when drunk driving occurs in heavily populated residential areas where children play.
There are certain organizations which help to promote awareness about the dangers of driving drunk. Groups such as MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and SADD, or Students Against Drunk Driving, encourage young people not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking through pledges and other types of promises and contracts. It may be possible to form a new branch of either of these organizations within your own community, or perhaps even to form your own organization to prevent drunk driving. It is especially important to educate the youth of the community, as young drivers are much more likely to be involved in serious and fatal traffic accidents than older, more experienced drivers.
Aside from forming a new chapter of MADD or SADD or your own community group, a person can make a difference by joining other youth-related volunteer organizations. Groups like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts foster a sense of community and interaction between adults and the youth in a community, or in the case of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, younger children who can benefit from having young adults friends and role models. Through volunteer work in one of these organizations, it may be possible to teach children the dangers of DWI, or driving while intoxicated. Another way to help prevent drunk driving is to be a designated driver for your friends.
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