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Drunk driver sentenced for murder in Long Beach crash

Published On: 04-06-2017 in Category: addiction, Alcohol, drinking, DUI

In early March 2017, a 29-year-old man from Los Angeles County was pronounced guilty of manslaughter while engaging in a drunk driving way back in 2015. Alvin Ray Shaw was earlier convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) that led to a crash on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, killing one motorist and seriously injuring another man.

Under the influence of alcohol, Shaw crashed into several vehicles on the bridge, killing 30-year-old Miguel Gonzalez of San Pedro instantly and inflicting severe injuries on another 21-year-old man. The Los Angeles Superior Court has convicted Shaw of second-degree murder and sentenced him to 15 years of imprisonment. At the time of the crash that took place in June 2015, Shaw’s blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.19, which is more than double of the legal limit.

Dealing with effects of driving under influence of alcohol

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people in the United States lose their lives every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.

Consuming excess of alcohol on a single occasion or over a period of time can lead to a large number of health problems and injuries, which can alter one’s mood and behavior and lead to known signs of drunkenness: staggering walk, mumbled speech, failing memory and spur-of-the-moment behavior. Alcohol obstructs the brain’s communication pathway that can affect parts of the brain that control speech, movement, memory and judgment. Notably, perfect coordination between hands, eyes, feet as well as brain is the key to safe driving and the safety of others on the road.

According to the legally defined limit, driving under the influence is driving with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. But, that might not be applicable for everybody. Some drivers might not be able to divide their attention and perform two tasks at the same time even at a BAC of 0.02 percent. Whereas there could be many individuals whose coordination, reaction time and ability to track moving objects may diminish at a BAC of 0.05 percent.

Therefore, driving under the influence, irrespective of the BAC percent, is not only dangerous to the driver, but also endangers the lives of everyone on the road. It is important to spread the word about the harmful effects of alcohol and encourage neighborhoods, families and individuals to help someone fight the tough battle of addiction. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the immediate effects of alcohol can begin 10 minutes after the first sip.

Battling menace of alcoholism

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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