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New measure to check DUI in Orange County
As per the DUI law, drunk driving refers to driving with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, however, a uniform BAC level may not apply to everyone. But, despite such stringent laws in place, there has been a significant rise in the number of traffic fatalities associated with drunk driving across all the American states.
Lately, as a part of the ongoing countywide initiative to curb the menace of drunk driving, officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team announced DUI checkpoints at designated areas known for high frequencies of DUI collisions. The campaign that was announced on Oct. 14, 2016, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. aimed to detain and arrest drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Further, DUI Saturation Patrols were deployed in the cities of Yorba Linda, Villa Park and Stanton in order to boost the department’s traffic safety campaign.
During the campaign, officials deployed at the checkpoint monitored the drivers with alcohol or drug impairments, in addition to checking their driving licenses. Also, whenever feasible, specially trained police officers were also assigned to evaluate those charged with DUI offense.
Rising DUI cases in California
In the state of California alone, alcohol and drug-impaired drivers were responsible for about 867 deaths and more than 23,000 serious injuries in 2013. On a national level, nearly 9,967 people succumbed to alcohol-impaired road accidents in 2014, as per a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Besides, during the last three years, police officers have investigated 149 DUI collisions responsible for taking 10 lives and around 45 injuries.
It has been found that nearly 30 percent of Californian drivers involved in fatal crashes were under the influence of one or more drugs. Additionally, studies conducted on active drivers indicated a rise in positive test results for drugs that may impair driving capabilities.
Dangers of drunk driving
According to the CDC,”every day, 28 people in the United States die 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.”
Some may be incapable of dividing their attention to multi-task even at a BAC of just 0.02 percent. Whereas, there are many whose coordination, reaction time and ability to track moving objects may begin to diminish at a BAC of 0.05 percent.
Nevertheless, those who drive should avoid getting behind the wheel at a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. However, it must be remembered that driving under the influence is not only dangerous to the driver, but also endangers the lives of those on the road.
Leading an alcohol-free life is possible
Everyone has the power to overcome his or her addiction. Fear and uncertainty are often the greatest obstacles to recovery, which is a difficult long-term process that may require help along the way.
At Orange Drug Treatment and Rehab Center, our main focus is the patient’s health and well-being. We customize the treatment programs to the individual patient’s needs and problems. Call our 24/7 helpline number 657-232-4008 today for more information or chat online with one of our representatives.