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5 DUI arrests on Cinco de Mayo in Long Beach
The deployment of additional personnel on roads by the Long Beach police to check impaired driving on the night of Cinco de Mayo led to the arrest of five people, who were charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. As per the Long Beach Police Department, patrol officers stepped up vigilance from 6 p.m. on May 5, 2017, which continued till around 2 a.m. on May 6, in areas with a history of car crashes and drunk driving.
On the whole, police managed to pull over 35 vehicles and conduct around seven sobriety tests on suspected motorists and arrested five individuals on charges of DUI. Additionally, authorities also issued 10 citations for impaired driving. The Cinco de Mayo patrol operations were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety distributed through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
What is DUI?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports around 28 deaths in the United States on a daily basis 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.
According to the legally defined limit, DUI can be defined as 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. The truth is driving under influence, irrespective of the BAC level, is not only dangerous to the driver, but also endangers the lives of everyone on the road.
DUI could be a sign of addiction
It is a fact that repeat offenders are slapped with one-third of all DUI convictions, indicating that such individuals are addicted to alcohol. The truth is that those who repeatedly drive under the influence of alcohol are probably unaware that they have a drinking problem. Studies conducted at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s (PIRE) Behavioral Health Research Center show that most repeat DUI offenders reported experiencing major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder over their lifetime.
Traditionally in American society, men with an annual income of $75,000 or more were twice as likely to indulge in binge drinking as women. However, nowadays, it has become more socially acceptable nationwide for women to drink more and Long Beach is not an exception.
Leading a sober life
Alcohol is a mind-altering and potentially addictive substance, widely used and abused by people, thus, gaining a significant acceptance in the American society. It is a substance that can change the way one’s body or mind functions. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other harmful substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of 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.