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Anaheim man arrested for drunk driving after leaving stepson at accident site

Published On: 06-02-2017 in Category: Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol

A suspected impaired driver fled the scene of a crash site, leaving behind his 10-year-old stepson trapped inside the overturned car, Anaheim police said. However, the police managed to track the 29-year-old man down in a nearby street and took him in their custody.

According to the police, the accident took place on April 30, 2017, when the man was driving at a breakneck speed on a neighborhood street and he rammed into a parked car. Police officers found the boy unhurt after the crash. The Anaheim man, whose identity remains undisclosed, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI), hit and run, and putting the life of a minor in danger.

Number of DUI cases on the rise

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. Studies suggest that a combination of alcohol and drugs in a person’s system is the principal cause of road rage and car crashes across the United States. Statistics indicate a significant percentage of motorists, against whom legal proceedings have been conducted earlier for driving under the influence of alcohol, often tend to repeat their offenses.

According to the permissible limit, DUI refers to driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. But a uniform BAC level may not apply to everyone. Some people may be incapable of splitting their attention to perform multiple tasks at same time despite a BAC of 0.02 percent. Moreover, there might be many whose ability to react to a situation while driving, coordination capabilities and tracking a moving object may be significantly impaired even at a BAC of 0.05 percent.

The rise in numbers of repeat offenses is a clear indicator that such individuals aren’t getting the right kind of counseling and treatment for alcoholism. The reason why innumerable otherwise intelligent people often lose control of the wheel after a few drinks is that alcohol:

  • Disrupts neuronal pathways, which, in turn, can lead to impaired judgment.
  • Slows down reaction time, preventing effective application of brakes.
  • Affects motor coordination, interfering with the ability to maneuver the wheel.
  • Hinders perception and decision-making abilities, making it tough to judge distances.
  • Exacerbates emotions, causing anger toward other motorists while driving.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports around 28 deaths in the U.S. on a daily basis involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion. The cases of road rage due to people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are emerging as one of the greatest threats to personal safety across the country.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Anaheim 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 714-589-2811 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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