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2018 Never Drink and Drive Winning Essay by Sau Pahulu

By Sau Pahulu, Berkeley biochemistry student

 Sau PahuluFew people give much thought to matters that have no impact on their life. Drunk driving is one of those issues that people just brush off as that’ll never happen to them because they’re either a responsible drinker or they don’t drink at all.

However, the reality of drunk driving is that you don’t have to be the one drinking to be affected by the consequences from a drunk driver. The sad reality of drunk driving is that it not only causes harm to the drunk driver, the victim, the witnesses, but also their friends and family members. Drunk driving is dangerous, and as a society people should care more about drunk driving before it impacts their own life.

There are many reasons why people should care about drunk driving, the most obvious is
the loss of a life. People should care because there are enough of hurt people from drunk driving
with physical, mental, and emotional scars. As someone who has personally seen how drunk
driving has impacted my family I understand the seriousness of this matter and hope others will

Sau Pahulu and her family.

My parents were involved in a car accident back in 2016 where the drunk driver going over 80 mph in a 45 mph, down a hill totaled my parent’s truck. Luckily, my parents were able to walk away with only a few stitches and bruises. However, the accident has scarred my parents because till this day they avoid the intersection where their accident occurred like the plague. My parents are the lucky few who make it out of alive to see another day while others take their last breath at the scene of the accident. Thus, there needs to be more done and until the day when drunk driving is something of the past people will continue to pay for drunk driving with their lives physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Therefore, as a society we need to implement more programs towards the prevention of
drunk driving. Children should be taught the negative impact of drunk driving from a young to
prevent another generation of drunk drivers. The state should have harsher penalties for those
who are under the influence while driving and especially those who have more than one-time
offenses. Overall, starting these programs will not be an easy task, but just getting people to care
is that start of it all and the rest will fall in place.

In conclusion, drunk driving is dangerous people have become too blind to its consequence until it has impacted them personally. We should care as a society because it can be you or someone you know who will lose their life to drunk driving tomorrow or even the next minute. The first step is to care enough to be educated about drunk driving and then educate others that when drunk don’t drive. Drunk driving ruins lives period and no amount of money, sorry, or remorse can reverse it. Prevent it before it’s too late.

James Johnson

James Johnson

James Johnson is passionate about educating the public about the myriad of individuals who are not following the rules of the road.His hope is to bring public awareness in order to change the laws to better protect our communities.
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