Psychology of DWI Activism in Cyberspace:
Drinking and Driving. . .A Deadly Mixture

 


Table of Contents

Instructions for this Report

Description of NCADD (Coming Together Against Drunk Driving)


How Do I Compare With Others in My Generation

Conclusion

 


Description of NCADD (Coming Together Against Drunk Driving)

NCADD is basically a research center that works alongside with researchers at Witchita State University. What they are trying to do is to identify the problem of Drinking and Driving. This site is a summary of their findings. Traffic Safety Professionals can get information at this site, these reports are called Traffic Safety Research Abstracts/Applications (TSRAs).

 

 


Youth and Adolescents

This page summarizes the findings about youths and adolescents and their involvement with drinking and driving. It also talks about attemps to prevent the youth from drinking and driving. Some of their attempts involved scare tactics to increase the youths knowledge about the effects of drinking and driving. It states that one component to successful rearing of these youths is attitude change. What they try to do is to change the youths attitude towards drinking and driving in hopes that they change their beliefs and start to understand the harmful effects of drinking and driving. Another way they talk about in their attempts to scare the youth about drinking and driving are by passing zero tolerance laws for the drivers who are under 21 years of age.

I feel that these tactics in their attempt to scare and ward off the youths of our society from drinking and driving is a step in the right direction. From my own personal experience, I know I am guilty of such an act. I knew that it was wrong but at the time, you don't really think anything of it. When Hawaii passed the zero tolerance law, I know that a lot of my friends who are under the age of 21 stopped drinking and driving. This has proven to be a good scare tactic. However, it should be taken to more extreme forms, especially when it deals with the youth. Road blocks shouldn't be random all of the time. There should be road blocks that stop every car, even if it takes a long time. This is the only way that we will stop all people from drinking and driving.

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Young Adults


     This page states the drivers that are responsible for most fo the alcohol related accidents and deaths are young adults between the ages of 21-34. According to young adults, alcohol is a constant part in their social lives for numerous reasons, some being that it brings them social rewards which include fun, attention, relief from boredom, and acceptance from their peers. People that fall into this age bracket tend to feel that drinking and driving is a normal behavior, mainly because they are in denial of the risks that are involved.
Scare tactics which stress the dont's of alcohol drinking don't really work with this age group. The best way to reach the young adults is by way of direct, and honest communication that helps them to make good decisions.

I can relate to what this article is trying to say mainly because I fall into this age bracket. A lot of what they have to say proves to be true. We constantly see ads about drinking and driving and we constantly hear it from family as well as peers that we shouldn't drink and drive. Scare tactics don't really work with this age group, I know this for a fact. A lot of my friends, including myself do drink and drive from time to time. We hear it often that drinking and driving is bad, but yet we continue to do it while intoxicated because we think that we are invincible. We think that accidents only happen to other people. Well this is the way that I thought until I got pulled over during the holiday season at a random road block. If this wasn't direct, I don't know what would be. I was so scared because I had a few drinks prior to being pulled over. If I had any type of buzz going, well it sure went away really fast. I didn't get in trouble for it, they didn't even suspect it, however, after that night, I never got behind the wheel again if I had anything to drink.

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Chronic Drunk Drivers

This page states that the majority of drinking drivers are white males between 21 and 34. This article talks about chronic drunk drivers that get caught on more than one occasion. Most times, these chronic drunk drivers are alcoholics.  It also states that majority of the chronic drunk drivers goes undetected. The probability of and arrest is 1 in 2000. Some strategies are also mentioned as to how they can increase the number of arrests, or lower the number of drunk drivers. These include, limiting the availability of alcohol on a per capita basis, enacting a zero tolerance law for minors as well as lowering the adult legal limit, sobriety checkpoints, and increasing of the price of alcohol.
    

I think that these ideas are great however, realistically, how many of these ideas are really going to happen. I'd say 1 in 10. We already have zero tolerance laws implemented and that is somewhat productive, but raising the price of alcohol? I don't think that would really make a difference. As it is, most people spend a lot of money on alcohol, I know I do, and raising the price probably wouldn't stop me either. All it takes is a few drinks and then it doesn't really matter how much the next one is going to cost. Jacking up the prices would not prove to be an effective strategy, but what will? The only one I think would work is the sobriety checkpoints. This is a direct way of dealing with the issue at hand and the scariest of them all. What money compared to being arrested? I know for me money isn't as important than getting a record.

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Using Technology to Prevent DWI
    

This page talks about the use of technology to help control the drunk drivers.  The article goes on to talk about some alternative sanctions such as the ignition interlock and electric monitoring.  What the ignition interlock does is reads your Blood Alcohol Level with a device that attaches a breathalyzer to the ignition.  If the drivers Blood Alcohol Level is above the legal limit, the care will not start.  The use of Electronic Monitoring is mainly for those who attempt to tamper with the ignition interlock and for people who are high risk offenders at which time they get sentenced to home confinement.  With this electronic monitoring, they can be randomly checked upon and must remain in their homes unless they are attending school or work.

I thought these ideas were ingenious. Who would've thought of such amazing ideas. I think that it is a good idea to implement the ignition interlock and electric monitoring here in this state. I know of a lot of people who would actually get in trouble. Which is good in a sense that they won't be risking their lives or the lives of others. It happens much too often that someone gets killed once a drunken person gets behind the wheel, but this way, even if they get behind the wheel, they won't be able to go anywhere. I really like this idea and hope that it will be something that most states will implement.

 

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Treatment of DUI Offenders
   

This page talks about the effectiveness of the programs that are used and explains how certain programs are geared toward the type of offender the person is. It depends on how heavy of a drinker you are and if it is your first offense or if it is your tenth. Whatever the case may be, a different program is set for you depending on your addiction to alcohol. Usually first time offenders get educated about the risks involved. But as you get worse and worse, your programs get harder and harder, because the lighter programs will prove to be useless.
    

I think that this page would have and could have been better. When I say that I mean it in a good way. I think that more information as to what kinds of treatments are out there for offenders and go more into detail what the programs consists of. Just by reading this page, I didn't get much out of it until I browsed the other related links on it.

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Legal Sanctions


This page talks about places that are actually implementing some of these legal sanctions.  Many people feel that our laws aren't strict enough and that these legal sanctions will help decrease the number of alcohol related accidents and deaths. They are also hoping to increase the number of times a drunken driver gets caught driving while intoxicated from 1 out of every 2000 to a much higher percentage. It states that of the 200-2000 times a person drives under the influence they may be caught once.  What is it going to take to increase this number? Many people even if caught will continue to drive without a license, however, the law is prepared for such a scenario, and states that the car will be impounded or the license plates will be seized.

I like the idea of implementing these legal sanctions. This is something that needs to be done because there are too many accidents relating to drunken driving and it is getting out of hand. Tougher laws and penalties are the only way that people will stop drinking and driving, but those will not work if the law doesn't enforce it. We all need to work together to make our society a safer place.

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How Do I Compare With Others in My Generation

I feel that it wouldn't be nice to compare my work with my classmates mainly because we all have our own styles and imaginations. However, I really like to make plain pages without fancy icons when doing reports such as these to make the ease of reading a lot easiers and faster. Without all of the fancy icons my page loads really fast and the lag time of waiting for the page to load isn't a factor. My classmates all did very good reports and I feel that it's safe to say that some of the pages are in fact loud with backgrounds and animated type images, but there's nothing wrong with that because thats another persons style. However, all of the reports are very well written and I can tell that we all worked very hard in creating our reports.

 


Conclusion

In conclusion to my report on DWI, well I don't think it had that much of an effect on me since I no longer Drive While Intoxicated. I had my scare a while back and decided for myself that drinking and driving is about the worse thing a person can do. To me it's worse than stealing, because with drinking and driving you are puting your life as well as others at risk and to me a life is far more important than money or materialistic items. However, I am not too certain about the other people who continue to drink and drive. I really don't think that talking and advertising the risks of drinking and driving will affect many people. The only way I see things working is by having those sobriety checkpoints. I really believe in this because that was the only way I learned not to drink and drive anymore. It's sad to think that so many people out there don't really value their lives until it is much too late.  



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