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Woman arrested for drunk driving in Orange County

Published On: 03-08-2017 in Category: Alcohol addiction, Drunk driving, DUI

Drunk driving is considered as a serious offense across the world but when it comes to America, each state has distinct restrictions, limits and penalties related to alcohol. Despite the ongoing drunk driving rules and regulations in the United States, every day, many people are killed in alcohol-related crashes in the country.

In December 2016, a woman was arrested in Orange County on the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and critically injuring a police officer. Ashley Bertolino, 27, of Tustin, California, reportedly slammed her vehicle into a city of Orange police officer, 32 that was parked along the right curb of the road at the time of the incident.

According to the officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accused was driving on Cambridge Street in Orange during the wee hours of Dec. 11, 2016, when she suddenly changed direction and rammed her vehicle into the police officer, while he was trying to retrieve an item out of his patrol vehicle. While Bertolino was taken into custody immediately, the critically injured police officer was rushed to a nearby hospital, where his condition was said to be stable.

Need to curb alcohol menace in Orange County

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in America, with nearly 88,000 people succumbing to alcohol-related problems every year in the country. An addiction to alcohol contributes to an array of physical and mental problems, and can even serve as a gateway to other deadlier drugs.

Orange County’s epic drunk driving problem has been rising consistently since a large number of people living here are economically well off and are aware of a wide range of options to obtain alcohol. Thus, a monetary penalty for breaking the law is not that much of a deterrent to many young people in this part of the country. Above all, a growing number of teens are beginning to view underage drinking as a harmless activity, as long as it does not lead to an alcohol-impaired accident.

Lately, road rage, triggered by consumption of alcohol or drugs, has emerged as one of the greatest threats to personal safety across the region, calling for stringent regulations and policies to curb the grave problem.

Drinking and driving do not go together

Alcohol is a widely used depressant that slows down the normal functioning of the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain, making it hard to concentrate on the road while driving.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous because it leads to:

  • weakened concentration and attention span
  • reduced and blurry vision
  • poor reflexes and reaction times
  • drowsiness and tendency to fall asleep
  • inability to multitask on the road
  • inability to process sensory information

Battling the menace of alcoholism

It is not difficult to overcome any kind of addiction, provided the patient overcomes fear and uncertainty, which are the greatest obstacles on the path of recovery. If you or your loved one is suffering from an addiction, get in touch with the Orange Drug Treatment and Rehab Center to avail the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 657-232-4008 or chat online for more information.

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