Houston We Have A Problem- Drunk Driving!
Written by greg on July 10, 2015
Although there is a national awareness of the dangers of drunk driving thanks to organizations such as M.A.D.D. (Mothers against Drunk Driving) it is still at unfortunate epidemic levels across the country and the result is often death for innocent victims.
This is certainly true on Houston area roads. Let us consider some of the recent incidences of drunk driving in this city.
According to one source,
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”750px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ] Harris County has THE highest rates of drunk driving fatalities among similar counties across the United States! [/dropshadowbox]
The source goes on to say that sixty percent of traffic fatalities in the Houston area are alcohol related.
Horrific results of drunk driving in recent months include the death of a housewife and mother who was forced off a highway overpass and the loss of a father and the death of innocent children. All of these incidences occurred because people still get behind the wheel of their vehicle drunk.
Driving while intoxicated turns cars and trucks into death machines. While it is one thing to gamble with your own life – more often than not the drunk driver takes innocent victims out with him or her. Estimates regarding to cost of DWI are staggering, yet, everyday across Houston, someone drinks and drives and innocent people are hurt.
With all the media attention surrounding the issue of drunk driving it is no less than mind boggling that it still happens on a daily basis – and the sad reality that people die because of it.
One of the best organizations helping to combat drunk driving has been MADD. Here is the link to the Texas office http://www.madd.org/local-offices/tx/. The website has a page where you can contact your state representative and ask for action on various issues like checkpoints.
Many people do not recall that it was not that long ago when it was legal to have an open container (beer), in the car while you were driving.
Against that background, I advocate the fight be waged on an out reach basis to win the hearts of new drivers and help educate people about the risks. Unfortunately, lengthy jail time and large fines alone do not appear to be the answer for Texas.
Please support MADD and other organizations helping to inform about the dangers of driving drunk.
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