Social Media Ways To STOP Drunk Driving

social mediaIs social media an effective tool that can be used in preventing instances of drunken driving amongst young adults?

DUI statistics in Orange County, CA is quite alarming especially amongst young adults aged between 21 and 34.

In a study that was carried out by the NHTSA, it was discovered that 65% of people who died in alcohol related accidents in 2012 were aged between 21 and 34. This is in addition to the 17% of drivers aged 21 years and below who perished in alcohol related accidents.

The federal government with the assistance of nonprofit organizations has been exploring new ways through which it can target this vulnerable age group with an aim of minimizing fatalities and injuries resulting from alcohol related road accidents. Social media is one of the tools that are currently being employed by the federal government in fighting drunk driving.

The emergence of smartphones such as Apple iPhone and Blackberry have led to the development of applications that use information such as age, weight, sex, quantity and time of alcohol consumption to establish an individual’s intoxication level. These types of apps have been programmed in such a manner that they will instantly notify taxis in your area once you have exceeded your alcohol limit.

Whereas mobile apps can be helpful when it comes to determining your level of intoxication, it still does not eradicate the issue of drinking and driving. Since a majority of young people utilize social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, it can be a valuable tool in fighting drunken driving. Besides being used to inform people of various DUI checkpoints, social media can be utilized in highlighting the hazards of drinking and driving.

In as much as social media has been used in the past to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving, its effectiveness is yet to be determined. To learn more about the dangers of drinking and driving as well as the punishments that you can receive upon being arrested for drunken driving, consult a DUI attorney like Christopher J McCann.

If you enjoyed this guest post on “Social Media Ways To STOP Drunk Driving”. Please share it socially and tweet it on twitter. Like it on facebook & share with your friends.  Help promote drunk driving awareness via Video’s on Youtube to powerful image photos on Instagram & Flickr.  We need your help to drive home that point again and again that you should not be drinking and driving. As it doesn’t take much to be over the legal limit. So a $20 cab ride can prevent a 10k ride home from the police for a DUI arrest. As it affects your career to car insurance premiums. So break out your mobile phone and start spreading the word with your thumps taping with texts, tweets & likes.

 

Christopher J. McCann is a practicing Orange County DUI lawyers at the law offices, who was recently awarded his 6th SuperLawyers Magazine “Rising Star” award. You can follow Chris tweets at @cjm_law_firm.
  • With the growth of social media nowadays it could be definitely use as medium in spreading drunk driving accident awareness. Even influential people are using social media and they can help to promote the awareness more effective.

  • People get in a party mood; and to stay in that mood they continue to drink. The question is, `Can it be stopped?’
    Well, it would require a massive change in social attitude and that would probably take decades to achieve.
    So, what’s the answer?
    In the future, in order to obtain a driving licence, or to combat weight problems, there will be a microchip that can be embedded somewhere in our bodies to warn us when a certain level of alcohol or food intake has been reached. This in turn will take away the user’s desire to continue drinking or eating.
    However, that’s for the future, not the present – but it could be closer than we think.
    Alcohol, drugs and food control the person rather that the other way around.
    But here’s an idea. What if the drug, alcohol and food manufactures lowered the alcohol, sugar and fat levels in their products?
    Yes, I know there are already elements of this going on with the labelling – declaring the contents and where a particular product is manufactured and it’s not working on the human mind – at least not to the extent that it achieves the desired result we are talking about here.
    Alternatively, we could create a society where people are shamed into taking back control of their habits. Yes, that is being done in certain areas now but in a minor way and only working to a degree.
    In fact, because humans are blessed (?) with the ability to choose their own path it’s unlikely that shaming will do the trick as we would all need to be brainwashed to achieve any degree of success.

    The only solution I see (to influence further generations) is educate through school curriculums, starting in junior schools. But yet again, this is also being done to a degree and not working terribly well judging by world health and justice statistics.

    So, in the end, it boils down to us taking responsibility for our own actions i.e. the personal choices we make every day of our lives.
    But there is another essential ingredient towards getting things right on a personal and, subsequently, social level. Unfortunately it’s not shared by all. The ingredient is – simple common sense.
    Without it, but while retaining our ability towards freedom of choice; well, look around. Read the newspapers, check out the drug, health, employment and alcohol statistics. Maybe you can come up with a super-duper fail-proof answer to the world’s health, drug and alcohol ailments.
    It’s really all a matter of choice – isn’t it?