Driving Under The Influence

Of Alcohol

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in Canada since 1921. Still, many car accidents are caused by this issue. In fact, in 2010, twenty-four percent of Canadians have admitted driving after consuming an important quantity of alcohol. Hubert Sacy, director of Éduc’alcool is not surprised by this number. He says that this percentage reflects a reality in Canada that is constant since many years.

In Canada, during a period of ten years (2000-2009), 8431 people died of a car accident caused by someone who consumed alcohol. The main group of age that was often caught driving with an alcohol percentage over 0, 08 % were young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 years old. In 2009, to decrease the number of accidents, a law was voted. No one under the age of 21 years old could drive with alcohol in their body, zero tolerance. This law also explains that if a young adult is caught in this condition, is driving licence will be removed for 90 days. Also, he will have to pay 300$ to 600$ and will gain 4 demerit points. This law should decrease the number of car accidents in Canada.

A person driving under the influence of alcohol is not just putting their life in danger, but also the life of other people. After a few drinks, many of them will exceed the speed limit and they will become a real danger to other people. You cannot anticipate their movements and when they are in front of you, it’s already too late. It is always sad to hear stories on the news about a driver who consumed alcohol and that is responsible for the death of innocent people. For example, in 2011, Jonathan Pratt killed three people while driving under the influence of alcohol.

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