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Recent drunk driving-related incidents and their implications
Published On: 08-27-2015 in Category: Alcohol Abuse
Like all cities around the world, Long Beach has experienced its fair share of roadside incidences. Ranging from mild hit-and-runs to fatal collisions and a number of arrests in between, the “Aquatic Capital of America” is also increasing its preventative and protective measures to keep its community of drivers safe.
The first incident involved a woman who drove off after crashing into another car at the cross street of West Park Avenue and Indiana Avenue in late July, according to the Long Beach Patch. A patrol officer was able to find the car and track the driver to her home in Oceanside, California in San Diego County. When confronted at her address, the driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was also carrying three children in her car between the ages of six and 11. The mother was promptly arrested and charged with an aggravated DWI. In a more judicially related report from FOX affiliate, WXXV, a woman from Long Beach was recently deemed guilty of killing a pedestrian while intoxicated back in February 2012. Her sentence was 18 years of prison time and five years of subsequent supervision.
Throughout the last three years in the city of Long Beach, police records show that DUI collisions have caused the deaths of nine people and injured 315 others. On a larger scale, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) points out that, “an estimated 32 percent of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian.” Unfortunately, despite this statistic and almost 13,000 people dying due to drunk driving each year, law enforcement still struggles to stop inebriated individuals from getting behind the wheel.
How checkpoints are making a difference
According to the Long Beach Post, during an eight-hour DUI checkpoint in North Long Beach on July 11, the city’s police arrested two people for driving under the influence and issued another 11 citations for unsafe driving. The Long Beach Police Department explained to reporters that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) checkpoints are one of the most effective strategies for curbing drunk driving and have saved the city six dollars for every dollar spent.
The LBPD also released a statement affirming further savings their defensive measures made: “In addition to pain and suffering, DUI’s also have an effect on the economy. Conservatively the monetary impact of DUI incidents is $1.4 million for a fatality, $70,000 for an injury, and an average of $9,000 for a crash that only damages property.”
If you or a loved one experiences difficulty controlling alcohol abuse, contact the Long Beach Drug Treatment Rehab Center online or call 562- 846-1995 for supportive resources in your area.