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Adriana Forcucci

Third Place: Adriana Forcucci

Stoughton, MA

My name is Adriana Forcucci and I am currently attending Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton, MA. I plan to attend Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in the fall. I will study to get my Bachelors degree in Psychology, work to obtain my Masters in Applied Psychology, and be a member on their Division 1 track and field team. After college, I plan to get my PhD in Psychology and become a Sports Psychologist.


Drunk Driving Persuasive Essay

In the dead silence of night, the only sound heard for miles is the screeching sound of the brakes of a car gliding across the solid concrete pavement, and crossing the solid yellow line dividing both sides of the road. The screeching brakes are followed by a heart stopping crash, and a loud bang with the most blood curdling heart wrenching scream. Then there is a faint sound of police cars and ambulances that continuously become louder and louder until they are ringing in your ear. You are awaken from slumber with your heart racing and your mind
wondering what is going on. You look out your window and you see glass shattered everywhere, a car flipped upside down on the other side of the road, and another car squished between a telephone pole and a tree. You see empty beer cans and hard alcohol bottles falling out of the car that is flipped over on the other side of the road. The last thing you notice is the two lifeless bodies in the driver’s seat of both cars. At this moment peoples’ lives are altered forever.

The consequence of drunk driving is death. The victims of drunk driving accidents expand further than the person injured or killed in the accident. Victims include the family and friends of the drunk driver as well as any other person ruled in the accident. The lives of the family and friends are changed because a loved one is either hurt or killed. My dad’s brother was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident in his early twenties. I never meet my uncle because I was born after the tragic accident, but from the stories I have heard my dad tell me, he was a
great person who always did the right thing. He was denied the opportunity to get married, have kids, or make a family of his own. My family was ripped apart after this accident. Some people say “time heals all wounds”, but in a situation like this nothing could ever change the past and bring back my uncle. I want to share with all people that drinking and driving is a serious problem in our society today.

Unfortunately, these stories like my families are far too common. These stories are constantly on the news and in our local newspapers. It is an epidemic that effects all walks of life regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status. Car accidents that lead to death as a result of drunk driving can be easily avoided. Not only does driving drunk put the drinker in danger, but it also puts everyone else on the road in danger. Precious lives are lost because of one person’s wrong decision; to drive while drunk.

I can make a difference. You can make a difference. We can all make a difference. If I am with a friend who has been drinking I can assign myself to be the designated driver. If I have a friend who is out and is drinking I can go pick them up, and safely drive them home. The more prepared people are before they go out, the less likely they will drink and drive. I wouldn’t want to be the cause of ending someone’s precious life. Would you?