Underage Cruising Dangerous Zones - SADD
Youth is the time of vigor and innocence. But youth of the present lost it all by indulging in drinking, using drugs and sex, which are in their words, is "fun" and "cool". As a result, innocence is wiped off from the face of today's youth.
Underage drinking is high and so is the crash rate and fatalities among underage drivers. How does this happen? Once drunk, mind and body are bit reluctant to be in harmony. At that time, body responds very slowly to mind. One cannot stop his or her vehicle as soon as mind says so. That is how most of the accidents happen.
To maintain traffic safety, government enforced drunk driving law and those who dare to explore dangerous zones in exceeding the limit, end up in jail. It is hard to believe that in 2006, casualties caused by underage drunk driving are 25 percent. The legal age for drinking is 21 and allowed amount of alcohol while driving is .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). But it is not applicable for youth under age of 21.
If an underage person found driving drunk, he or she can be arrested and has to surrender license for a period of 60days, pay fine up to $500, 20 - 40 hours of community service and attend alcohol-awareness classes. None finds it overwhelming. Those who keep any alcohol in their possession are at risk too. So, it is better to stay out of trouble.
There are good things and bad things in this world. It is a matter of delight and pride that youth themselves found a solution to solve these problems. There are many youth organizations that pioneer to campaign against drunk driving. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) was first founded as Students Against Driving Drunk. SADD expanded its mission as the result of the fast growth rate of underage drinking and other social evils.
National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) observes month of May as National Youth Traffic Safety Month. All state Insurance Company backs up such 50 organizations by granting $1,000 to develop projects that promote the importance of road traffic. This proves how important road safety is.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit association supports states and territories to enhance traffic safety, thus to reduce impaired driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an organization that vows to eradicate drunk driving completely from this world. Family can play an important role in eliminating underage drunk driving by an open talk and having a good family atmosphere.
In spite of all efforts by government, there are some drunk drivers who give deaf ear to laws and go on with taking innocent lives. Tragedy is that not every one dies in drunk driving crashes. A few lives like living monuments of those disastrous accidents while others of same age have good time. Everyone has a right to live in this world and enjoy their life as much as we do. To avoid risk, a teen driver must be good at driving with experience and is well-versed in traffic rules. Not just that. One must not drive while drunk. Have a safe trip.