Alcohol and Driving: A Deadly Mix (by Danielle Hill)


danielle.hill-ImageFor 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?

  1. “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.

  1. “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.

  1. “Impaired Driving: Get the Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 Oct. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <         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.

  1. “Impaired Driving: Research & Evaluation.” Research & Evaluation. National Highway Safety Administration, 7 July 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. < 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%)[1].” 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.

Danielle H.


[1]           <        drv_factsheet.html>.

  1. Have you personally been affected by drinking and driving and if so at what age?


  1. Elektra Flint

    I found this blog very interesting and informative. The given information was crucial, because it created awareness, and while I read it, I was impressed to see the age where most intoxication occurs; if we think about this, we have a serious problem in our hands. The question then is,what can we do as parents to better educate young adults about drinking and driving? I think that “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” is one great option to help stop this terrible problem. I like the idea of early age education against driving under the influence by the activist group; another area that is helpful as well is the “Zero alcohol tolerance ” that is set by the police in order to control the problem. What was also shocking , was the fact that under age high school students are dying due to alcohol influence even though they are not found as part of the drunk driving statistics, the problem is the same.Over all, the information that was provided by Danielle is very important, and while reading all the research she has done in order to bring this information to the public, I realized that it is simply amazing. This is an issue that should concern all Americans, because our children are the key to the future. The posted question; have you personally been affected by drinking and driving and if so at what age?created an impact, and must say that most of us have at one time or another been affected by it, and it is mostly between the ages of 15-25. Excellent work Danielle.

  2. Emily Bush


    I have really enjoyed reading your work all term long. I love the topic you choose for our community based learning. The research question for your topic was interesting. I feel that almost everyone today has had an experience with drinking and driving. May it be either knowing someone how has drank and drove or personally have been put in a similar circumstance. I feel very strongly about this topic as do you! I don’t get how people can drink and drive and not only put themselves at risk but also risk the lives of everyone else on the road with them.
    I remember when I was about 7 years old and my mother and I were on the highway. The car in front of us was swerving, slowing down and speeding up. My mother commented on the fact that she thought this person was drunk. They kept driving with no concern of their safety let along all the other drivers on the road. My mother was angry at the fact that people are able to do it. She told me to write down his license plate and we pulled over to the side of the road and she called the police. My mother explained a story of one of her dear friends who was killed while she was in high school by a drunk driver. This is a memory I will never forget. Hopefully that person ended up getting pulled over and got the repercussions that they deserved.


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