Under the Influence of Alcohol


October 20, 2003


Classification is the process by which members of a large group are categorized


on the basis of a single principle. One thing we can classify in a smaller group is the


drivers that we drive with everyday. We can classify poor drivers into three categories.


These categories consist of old people, cell phone users and people under the influence of


alcohol.



Even though most drivers at older ages drive safely a high number are at high risk


for being involved in crashes, including fatal ones than any other group except men under


the age of twenty-five? As a person gets older it seems that there driving record gets


worse and also there visual processing. The ability for them to see, comprehend, and


react isnít the same as there younger years. Thatís why we have those old folks, who


drive thirty miles an hour in a fifty-five that frustrates the driver behind them. In some


cases, the slow driver will pull over and allow the car behind them to pass. Others seem


to enjoy making especially teen drivers drive slow. In there point of view they arenít


doing anything wrong. They think that they are the ones being safe and all teen age


drivers are the dangerous ones.


Second, the use of cell phones while driving. More than 85 percent of the 100


million cell-phone subscribers regularly talk on the phone while driving. (Cell Phones


and Driving) When most people talk on there cell phone, they are not paying attention to


the road. They are either trying to dial a number or arguing with the person on the other


line, which has caused more and more accidents each year. They are putting not only


them-selves in danger but also other drivers and pedestrians. Many states as New York


have passed laws banning the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving. If caught


breaking this law, big fines are given.


Third are the drivers under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol is a drug that slows


down the nervous system. When someone is drinking it slows down there reaction time


as when people age. When drinking and driving you can not drive a vehicle safely.


Alcohol slows down your ability to perform the certain tasks that you need to pay


attention. It is a fact that 41,821 people were killed in traffic crashes in the year two-


thousand. Sixteen thousand, six-hundred and fifty-three of these fatalities were a result of


alcohol. Two-thousand, three-hundred and thirty-nine youths died in alcohol-related


crashes. To many people are dieing in accidents related to alcohol. People need to stay


safe and not drink and drive. It is illegal and people still do it.