Nowadays if you conduct any kind of internet news search for “DUI”, you’ll more than likely come across many articles that talk about celebrities who have been caught drinking and driving. Somehow it’s become the norm for Hollywood actors or celebrity sports players to be arrested for a DUI. As of the writing of this article, the latest news is that Paris Hilton’s brother, Barron Hilton, was arrested in Malibu for drunk driving. News reports say that the 18-year-old was pulled over in his Mercedes and is now booked in a Lost Hill’s Sheriff’s stop.
Will the madness ever end?
If you ingemination, Paris Hilton was charged with a DUI just a little over a year ago. She was reported as saying that her DUI arrest was “just nothing”. Is this the same attitude that her brother has for his drunk driving arrest? Would it have been something if another person was injured or was killed? However, it’s not just celebrities who are taking drunk driving lightly. It seems like these days everyone in America thinks drunk driving isn’t such a big deal.
Do we blame the current government for not creating harsher jail sentences and drunk driving penalties? Do we blame society for not taking drinking and driving seriously enough? Are there not enough public service announcements to educate kids about the dangers of drunk driving? Do you think things would change if celebrities had to do public service announcements as part of their DUI penalty? Do you think these celebrities have an obligation to be good role models for our children? These are the types of questions we should be asking ourselves if we want to enhance safety on our roads.
There are some initiatives going on right now to combat this drunk driving epidemic. Car companies like Nissan are working on installing technology that detects alcohol in a person’s body when they get behind the wheel. Also, the state of New Mexico has ordered talking urinals that have been installed in various establishments across the state. These talking urinal cakes utter public service announcements while someone is using the restroom. Time will only tell whether or not these ideas will work.
What do you think needs to be done to prevent drunk driving in America? Should there be less drinking in movies and TV shows? Should we start holding celebrities more accountable for their actions and give them harsher sentences?