For my research question I chose to research the relationship between drinking age and alcohol related fatalities. During my research I was surprised to find that underage drinking has little to no correlation to the death toll related. While sadly the highest age group affected is young adults at the legal drinking age of 21. During this process the most significant learning I have acquired would be the education on how to make my writing stronger and more persuasive, which is a wonderful skill to have!
Research Question: Does age play a factor in drinking and driving related fatalities?
- “Mothers Against Drunk Driving Enters Elementary Schools.” Curriculum Administrator Apr. 2001: 25. General OneFile. Web. 19 Nov. 2014.
This article I found to provide a good viewpoint from a particular activist group on starting education early to help prevent deaths. When the article states that, “two of every three children who die in alcohol-related car accidents…” it provides good insight to my question of age being related.
- “Police: Underage drinking party preceded fatal crash in Girard Township.” Erie Times-News [Erie, PA] 28 June 2011. General OneFile. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.
This news article provides an example of a time when age does play into the drinking and driving related deaths when they quote, “underage drinking party shortly before he was killed in a car crash earlier this month.” This article is telling of a time when a high school student had left an underage party and was involved in a fatal accident as a result of high speeds and alcohol.
- “Impaired Driving: Get the Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 Oct. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired- drv_factsheet.html>.
Throughout this class I find myself coming back to the CDC website for wonderful informative information to make my papers more solid. When in regards to my research question the CDC states, “one out of every 3 were between 21 and 24 years of age (32%).” The article gives good reference to my research question and goes on to say that the next two age groups affected by drinking and driving are: 25-33 and 35-44 making up 51% of drinking and driving related deaths.
- “Impaired Driving: Research & Evaluation.” Research & Evaluation. National Highway Safety Administration, 7 July 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving Safety/Research & Evaluation>.
In this article I found it interesting that while underage drinking related deaths are occurring, most of them aren’t occurring behind the wheel. The article goes on to state, “majority of the deaths attributable to alcohol use among 15 to 20 year olds are not on our roadways.” This article will play a key role in helping me to answer my research question related to age.
The Public Writing
November 25th, 2014
To the Editor:
Clark County I challenge you to open your eyes and help make an end to a Nationwide epidemic that is happening in our own backyards.
Drinking and driving related fatalities is something that we’re sadly accustomed to see in the news, but over the years it isn’t slowing down. Something so simple as not getting behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking.
Why are we being so negligent with our decision to make the roadways safer and to let people arrive home safely? Who is to blame, does age play a factor into drinking and driving related fatalities?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a October 2014 article states that, “one out of every 3 deaths were between 21 and 24 years of age (32%).” The other 51% falls upon ages 25-44.
So Clark County I challenge you all to make an impact and start with something as simple as putting down the keys when you pick up a beer. Seems frivolous and repetitive, but the alcohol related death toll is still on the rise. Let’s put an end to unwarranted deaths and let families return home safe.
 <http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired- drv_factsheet.html>.
- Have you personally been affected by drinking and driving and if so at what age?