Xitclalli Vasquez, Sean Carter, Jacqueline Saburido, and Aaron Pennywell, are just four of the thousands who have been involved in a drunk driving accident here in Texas. Out of the four, Aaron Pennywell was the only one to die at the scene of the crash. Now just because Saburido, Carter and Vasquez didn’t die in their accidents does not mean that they did not suffer. Vasquez landed in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the breast down just three days before her birthday. Carter, who had been drinking and decided not to drive instead had a friend drive who had also been drinking, suffered brain injuries that left him unharmed mentally but physically no longer able to talk or walk, as a matter of fact a computer speaks for him and he even refers to himself as a prisoner of his own body.
Saburido was hit just up the highway in Austin, Texas by a high school senior who was drunk. She suffered third degree burns on 60% of her body. Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths with 1,213 people fatalities in 2011. Sean Carter’s story is of great importance to this essay. As I said he decided not to drive because he was intoxicated but his friend who was also intoxicated did. Drinking and driving is a huge problem in America but could be prevented by having a designated driver.
The major problem is that there are not many people who think of using of a designated driver, but with two simple solutions such as providing more advertisement & promotions and making it mandatory to have a designated driver, this problem could be solved making the world a safer place. The major problem with drunk driving is that it is one of the leading causes of death and injury on our roadways. Stated in an article by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminis. . little too but this is not just to protect everyone one else but the person who is intoxicated as well. If this is what helps eliminate a huge number of drunk drivers from entering the road than this solution will be acted out.
Drinking and driving accidents could be prevented by the use of designated drivers. But a problem today is many people are forgetting to use this resource due to lack of remembrance. By using two simple solutions such as providing more advertisement & promotions and making it mandatory to have a designated driver, many people will not forget about this resource and its importance. We must continue to make this world a safer place for ours and our children’s future. We must do this one step at a time. So why not start with solving one issue that has resulted in so many fatalities.
After all you could save a life if you don’t drink and drive.