Should Drunk Driving be a crime? If driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) above a certain limit should this constitute a legal violation?
Statement of background with agreed points
1. The various versions of "driving under the influence" generally constitute a misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year in jail).
2. It is illegal in all states to drive with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above.
3. Driving is the most dangerous activity most people do in their day.
4. For all crashes in 2004, the alcohol involvement rate was 5 percent during the week and 12 percent during the weekend. (NHTSA, 2005) http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSF2004/809905.pdf
5. The impact of alcohol involvement increases with injury severity. Alcohol-involved crashes accounted for 10 percent of property damage only crash costs, 21 percent of nonfatal injury crashes; and 46 percent of fatal injury crash costs. (NHTSA 2002)
1. Everytime you get in your car to drive there is a %chance you could die, based on your driving and others. Any estimates? If Drunk Driving laws had not been introduced what would this % be (awareness advertising would have dropped the rates)?
* James B. Gould, "A Sobering Topic: Discussing Drunk Driving in Introductory Ethics" in 'Teaching Philosophy' 21:4 (December 1998), 339-360. * Douglas N. Husak, "Is Drunk Driving a Serious Offense?" 'Philosophy and Public Affairs' 23 (1994). * Bonnie Steinbock, "Drunk Driving." 'Philosophy and Public Affairs' 14 (1985). * James D. Stuart, "Deterrence, Desert and Drunk Driving," 'Public Affairs Quarterly' 3 (1989).