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Drunk driving

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Images from Shutterstock.com History Timeline - 1921: Driving while intoxicated became a summary offence under the Criminal Code.
- 1969: There was a repeal of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and then the creation of driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of more than 80mg/100ml of blood was a offense.
- 1980: There was an increase in the number of people drinking and driving. The result was promotion of education, awareness programs and the use of treatment facilities. - 1985: Changes were made to the laws and impaired driving causing bodily harm with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and impaired driving causing death with a maximum punishment of 14 years in prison. Also the legal BAC was under 0.08%.
- 2000: Canadian Parliament raised the maximum sentence for impaired driving causing bodily harm from 14 years to life.
-2009: 0.05% to 0.08% is considered a warn range. By: Camille King Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Hypothesis Drunk Driving Drunk Driving not only
affects the driver but it
effects everyone around
them. Canada has a long history of drinking and driving. Laws back then were not as strict as they are today for driving while intoxicated. But drinking and driving is a serious problem and has caused many casualities every year. Statistics Interesting Facts • In Canada, there is no federally defined legal drinking age, each province and territory sets its own limits. Legal Drinking age in Canada ranges from 18-19 years old.

• One person is killed every half-hour in the world due to drunk driving.

• Each year approximately 16,000 are killed in alcohol related crashes.

• Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities.

• Every other minute in the world a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash.

• Most accidents happen on weekends and holidays.

• 18-20 year olds are responsible for more than 10% of accidents. Ways to Avoid Driving Drunk •Get a designated driver.
•Drink at locations within walking distance of your home.
•Call a cab.
•Search for services that will take both you and your car home if you are drunk.
•Look for public transportation in larger cities .
•Ask the bartender for help and let him know if you are the designated driver.
•Offer to pay for a cab or drive friends home if they are drunk.
•Drink nonalcoholic beverages. Who does drunk driving affect? - The Driver.
- The Driver's Family.
- The Driver's Friends.
- The Bystanders.
- The Victims. Anthropological Perspective An Anthropologist may view a drunk driver through their culture. They would look at how they live, think, communicate and interact with their social and physical environment.

The Questions an Anthropologist may ask are:
- What type of drinker are they? (binge, alcoholic,. etc)
- How were they raised? Did the parents drink and did they allow them to drink at an early age?
- What kind of cultural traditions did they have? Does their culture involve drinking or was it shunned upon?
- Do they need a drink to be able to communicate and interact with others?
- What experiences did the driver have with drinking among friends, family and in their community? Psychological Perspective Sociological Perspective A psychologist may view a drunk driver through their behavior, mental processes and the factors that may influence these processes.

The Questions that a Psychologist may ask are: A Sociologist may view a drunk driver's relationships and the groups they may be in.

The Questions that a Sociologist may ask are:
- Was there peer pressure to drive while drinking?
- Was there any recent incidents that may have affected the driver to drink while driving? (arguments, lose of job, break-ups,. etc)
- Did they have a safe plan in place to get home after drinking, but may have failed to follow through? (DD, taxi,. etc)
- Is this a common action among friends and family that may have influenced the driver?
- Has the driver ever participated in any other risky behaviour with their peers? (Drugs, stealing, reckless actions,. etc) - Do they have a stressful lifestyle and does drinking take the stress away?
- Do they need to drink to deal with everyday situations?
- Is there a history of drunk driving in the family?
- What state of mind is the driver in when they get into the car?
- Did they ever have any mental issues in their life? (depression, anxiety,. etc) Personal Perspective My personal view, I see that drunk drivers are irresponsible. They don't see the consequences of their actions.
On the statistics, majority of casualities are caused by teenagers and young adults, ages 16-24. This is the age group when they first get their driver's license, they feel like they are an adult and can take on their own responsibilities. Fact is that majority of these teenagers and young adults are still living at home, they are just learning to drive on the roads and then when they reach 19 they are aloud to drink. This is the makeup for something to go wrong on the roads.
Parents are still guiding these teenagers and young adults from right and wrong, good and bad, and most of the time they may make the wrong decision. But when they are out drinking, peer pressure is at an all time high. They may feel that they are okay to drive even though they had plenty to drink. Then they make that bad decision to drive. They may be stopped by the police, go to jail, license or car taken away, they may get injured, but the hardest part is that they may lose their life. That is the consequences of a young irresponsible drunk driver. 1: Females are at a higher percent of casuality rate then males.

2: If you are out on the town drinking, a good source of SAFE transportation home is to call a cab.

3: In Canada, there is a federally defined legal drinking age which is 19.

4: It is a good idea to drive drunk. Drunk Driving Questions: True/False References http://www.addnn.com/articles/history-of-drinking-and-driving-in-canada-682/

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired/fact-sheet.shtml
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