Drunk driving takes lives. All around the nation, drunk driving laws are becoming more stringent in an effort to deter the reckless behavior. Particularly in California, there are hefty laws in place to fine and suspend drivers from the road based on DUI penalties. There is also a no-tolerance law for drivers that are intoxicated and under the legal drinking age of 21.
A deadly accident that occurred in 2013 received national publicity when it popularized the term "affluenza." The word was used during defense testimony in reference to a teenage drunk driver's reported inability to understand, due to his privileged upbringing, the concept that serious car accidents can result from drunk driving.