Drunk driving is considered a punishable offense in all states. The offense is more formally known as a DUI. If an individual is caught driving while intoxicated, he or she might face several consequences. Law-breakers are charged accordingly. They may have to pay substantial fines or might even have to go to jail if the standard DUI turns into a felony DUI charge.
By now, everyone should be aware that drinking and driving can be a lethal combination. Yet every year, far too many people are killed or injured in Pennsylvania due to the negligent actions of drunk drivers. And all of the pain caused by this recklessness is absolutely unnecessary. There is simply no compelling reason for someone to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Every motorist has a duty of care when he or she takes to the road. When people choose to drive while impaired, they are not only violating the law; they are selfishly putting the lives of others in danger. Driving under the influence is an act of negligence and drunk drivers who cause accidents should be held accountable for their behavior.
Have you ever been on the road when you encountered another motorist whose driving seemed erratic or even out of control? Often intoxicated drivers will engage in such dangerous acts as speeding, driving too slowly and weaving in and out of lanes. Sometimes an impaired motorist may even run red lights or drive against traffic.
The thought that many drivers in Pennsylvania and, indeed, throughout the United States, still choose to drive when drunk is both distressing and alarming. It only takes one mistake on the part of one person for disaster to strike and suddenly everyone on the road is at risk. Such incidents often result in serious injuries and widespread damage. Worse still, many of these accidents prove fatal for those involved.
It is widely accepted that drunk driving can lead to car accidents. Accordingly, there is a constant effort to reduce the number of drivers who get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. In the course of holiday weekends like the one we are about to embark on, the effort put into doing this is often intensified. This is the case in the state of Pennsylvania.