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Orange police officer injured by woman suspected of DUI
Drinking has been an important part of the American culture, be it ritualistic or religious celebrations or a way to escape personal anxiety or intolerable social situations. But, when it comes to inappropriate behavior while drinking, it is absolutely disapproved and there are laws in place to curb such behavior. Drinking and driving is one of the gravest behavior patterns, which paves the way for serious offenses and life-threatening road accidents.
Recently, in December 2016, a police officer in the City of Orange was seriously injured after being hit by a woman suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. At the time of the incident, the police officer was investigating a parked truck blocking the roadway near the 500 block of North Cambridge Street. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the inebriated woman was driving at a speed of about 40-50 miles per hour down Cambridge Street, when she suddenly swerved to the right and rammed the vehicle into the officer who was standing outside of the parked police cruiser.
The police officer suffered major cuts and broken bones and was rushed to a nearby hospital for surgery. The woman was also taken to a hospital but didn’t have any life-threatening injuries and was later arrested for a felony DUI. Investigation authorities believe that alcohol may have been the reason for impaired driving. Fortunately, the man in the parked truck escaped uninjured.
Rising substance abuse menace in Orange County
An addiction to alcohol can pave the way for reckless behavior and adverse health effects, and even act as a gateway to other harder drugs. The rising cases of alcohol abuse in Orange County can be attributed to various factors such as socio-demographic status, income, level of education, etc., with the well-off and educated individuals more prone to alcohol abuse. Precisely, a fine or a monetary penalty for breaking the law is not a deterrent to many young people in this part of the country.
Above all, a growing number of youth are beginning to view underage drinking as an innocuous rite of passage as long as it does not lead to an alcohol-impaired driving accident. Road rages, arising due to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, is emerging as one of the greatest threats to personal safety across the region. It can be attributed to the spike in the number of people engaging in binge drinking, and attending rave parties where alcohol and drugs are freely available.
Studies have shown that Mexican drug cartels control most of the drug trafficking-related activities in the region, engaging in smuggling of drugs and other illicit substances for distribution in local markets or nationwide.
The Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LA-HIDTA) oversees Orange County, along with the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino, to reduce the menace of drug trafficking and abuse in the region.
Battling the menace of alcoholism
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Orange Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 657-232-4008 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.