So it’s obvious that teen drinking is getting way out of hand but it’s worse when the driver is drunk. Teenagers can only handle so much alcohol, and since they received their lisences not too long ago (in most cases) they are a disaster waiting to happen while driving impaired. Even though many are aware of the results that they can end up with, they still shrug it off while thinking it couldn’t ever happen to them or that they are “skilled” drivers and know what they are doing. And not only are they being ignorant about it but they are also witnessing news reports that have celebrities abusing drunk driving. Once it seems that the celebrity can get out of their problems and charges so easily, that attitude is adopted by teenagers as well. Since the media only gives us a small amount of information on the charges that are set they believe that it’s no big deal, and that they can get away with it just as easy as the celebrity did. But they’re wrong!
Everything is easier said than done, or dealt with, so let’s take a look at Hollywood’s Hall of Shame. Socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie stirred up some drama when charged with a DUI, but it looks like Paris got more attention. She was given 36 months probation and 45 days in jail. Apparently she didn’t receive any special treatment and her "45" day sentence was held in a county jail, so nothing too fancy. But, it turns out that the heiress was released from prison only after serving THREE days! Instead they put her on house arrest and due to her “good behaviour” she only had to finish off 23 more days. THAT is really grabbing the attention of teenagers who drink, Paris didn’t make it look easy but she most definitely didn’t let those three days in a cell teach her something. Even though Paris admitted she broke the law, she only calmed down for a couple of months after she was charged, but its obvious she still parties like crazy. Oh, and I just love how her entire experience was glorified by her fans!I still don’t think it was enough, BIG DEAL if she was sobbing and not eating, that’s not the worst that can happen and since so many teenagers see that they are very ignorant about the consequences. Nicole Richie was caught driving the wrong way on the Burbank highway in Southern California. Nicole had been charged with a DUI twice and she wasn’t getting off easy either. BUT there was no breathalyzer test involved because she only admitted to smoking marijuana and taking Vicodin. She is also only 85 lbs and 5’1, so even if she wasn’t drunk any substance can take over her body in a small amount of time.
That’s also another thing teens don’t understand; their brains and bodies are still developing they can’t handle a lot of alcohol, but they also don’t realise that it applies for celebrities too, just because they have millions to get them out of prison does not mean the same will apply for an average person. Even if you’re loaded you STLL have to serve the time sentenced. It’s so sad to see that no one is in shock anymore when they hear of all the DUI’s that were given to celebrities. So money might not be the only issue here, sure you can damage the fender bender and maybe knock over a lamppost or two and have to pay for it, but what about the fact that your life is at stake, and not just yours but someone elses too.I find it pretty scary to know that 3 in every 10 Americans will experience an alcohol related crash, and that’s only the American population. Canada isn’t any better, there are 3.4-4.1 deaths due to impaired driving everyday. It’s also sad to say that I know people who died or have been injured due to impaired driving. No one should be handling this subject lightly, there are REAL consequences. Celebrities don’t care if they lose thousands for bail or spend time in jail because they are aware of the attention they will be getting once they are released. All of these celebs made DUI’s a trend, it’s disgusting.
Ontario DUI laws:
First DUI results in a $600 fine
Second DUI results in 14 days in jail
Third DUI results in a minimum of 90 days
more can be found here
Mel Gibson’s DUI:
Paris Hilton on Larry King trying clean up her reputation:
Teen Vogue Teen’s DUI article:
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