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Long Beach police received $624,000 grant to combat DUI, road accidents
Published On: 11-30-2017 in Category: DUI
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) disbursed a $624,000 grant to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) toward a year-long initiative to curb cases of driving under the influence (DUI) and prevent road accidents. The fund will be utilized for enforcing DUI patrols and checkpoints, including traffic safety regulations. Moreover, the LBPD is also making efforts to educate people that DUI doesn’t simply refer to “driving under the influence of alcohol,” but also includes “driving under the influence of mind-altering substances like marijuana, heroin or prescription opioids.”
Stressing on the fact that any kind of DUI would attract legal actions, LBPD Chief Robert Luna said that his department’s partnership with the OTS is of great importance to their mission, as it helps to further the message of the dangers of substance-impaired driving. “The grant will afford us the opportunity to continue our ongoing efforts to reduce fatalities, improve roadway safety and raise awareness that collisions can often be preventable,” added Luna.
After reaching the lowest figures from 2000 to 2010, the number of fatal accidents on California’s roads witnessed a 17 percent surge in 2015. Research suggests drug-impaired drivers on California’s roads were responsible for about 25 percent of all fatal accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians, a dangerous trend that continues to rise all over the country. Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and intoxicants inhibits the driver’s decision-making ability on the roads. He or she fails to react swiftly to the changes in the environment and is unable to make tough maneuvers behind the wheel.
Growing numbers of DUI cases suggest increasing addiction
In recent years, investigations of numerous cases involving DUI convictions has led to strong evidence of addiction to either drugs or alcohol. Surprisingly, the results of the investigations are quite suggestive. The truth is that those who repeatedly drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs are probably unaware that they are battling addiction. Moreover, it is a fact that repeat offenders are charged with one-third of all DUI offenses, which indicates that such individuals are addicted to alcohol or any other drug.
Sadly, many of them are unaware of the fact that their compulsive drug-seeking behavior can interfere with the brain’s communication pathways that control movement, memory and judgment, which are essential skills for safe driving. The state of intoxication due to alcohol or any drug can drive individuals to do things that can be harmful to themselves and to others. In an intoxicated state, people are generally unable to control their minds and are likely to engage in life-threatening or illegal activities.
Leading a sober life
If you or your loved one is grappling with addiction to any 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.