Posts Tagged ‘drinking and driving’

Almost 4 months ago, I wrote about one of the first women to be arrested under the new Leandra’s Law. She was drunk on Christmas day, with four kids in the car, and headed to Rochester. But she overshot her exit and ended up an hour away in Depew, where she was pulled over.

This week, she was sentenced to 5 years probation and a $1,000 fine, and has lost her license. I have to say I was initially a little surprised that she wasn’t sentenced to some period of jail time. She had a clean record before this incident, and there appear to have been circumstances in her personal life the the judge felt required leniency. (more…)

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Last week I heard a radio advertisement for an organization that I’d never heard of. RADD used to stand for Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving but now goes by “The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety” and has been around longer than I’ve been alive.

Some of the people who have supported this group include the Black Eyed Peas, Reba McEntire, Gavin DeGraw, Paul McCartney and countless others. The group targets teens and young adults to promote safe and sober driving, using designated drivers, and wearing seat belts, hoping to encourage people to make “responsible behavior the norm.”

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With the Superbowl 48 hours away, I just want to send a quick reminder out to football fans across the region to indulge responsibly. If you’re going to be drinking at home, remember your limits and snack throughout the game. If you’re going to a friends or a local bar to watch, don’t drink and drive. Have a pre-determined sober friend do the driving or give yourself at least one hour to sober up per drink–and again, snack throughout the game!

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Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of stories about a rise in alcohol abuse in women. In the January issue of Good Housekeeping, they profiled Rachael Brownell–a mother who was downing a bottle or more of wine each day while watching her young daughters. This morning, I read a story titled “So many women under the influence: Drunk and disengaged, they put themselves, others in danger”.

Locally, we all know the story of the mother last summer who killed 8 people while allegedly driving under the influence (I don’t know if the case has been prosecuted yet). Last year, a different mother in Rochester left her children at home alone when she ran out to get beer and came back to her house ablaze. One of her daughters died from her injuries. (more…)

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A few weeks ago, I remember turning on the news to hear the story of a bus driver down in Almond, NY who was drunk on the job. For those that don’t know, Almond is less then an hour south of Geneseo, NY. I watched the video of the children trying to figure out what was wrong, and then trying to convince the woman to stop before they all fled out of the back emergency door.

This news article talks about the punishment the bus driver received. If I was a member of this community, I would be furious. I still am outraged that this could happen. Many people have the perception that it is a lowly profession, but from what I’ve heard its actually a rather difficult position to obtain and maintain.

This is an excellent example of how one person’s substance abuse can drastically effect the lives of others. These children have a horrible memory of this ordeal, and much worse could have happened. The bus driver could have easily gotten into an accident (as I recall she missed a turn and then went into reverse to make up for it) and not only injured all her passengers, but injured many others as well–imagine if she collided with another bus!

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The other day I learned about a campaign in the U.K. called It’s No Joke that comedians are getting involved with in order to teach youth that there can be serious consequences to getting involved with drug and alcohol abuse. Even though the comedians are from the U.K. and have a bit of a different sense of humor or different ways of speaking, it’s definitely worth checking out their videos that you can find right on the homepage of their website.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation took a new approach to preventing drunk driving this holiday season when they had an iPhone app developed called “R-U-Buzzed.” According to their press release, the app estimates a person’s BAC “based on how many drinks they have consumed, how long they have been drinking, and their gender.”

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to make the right decision to get a sober ride home”

– Pam Hutton, CDOT governor’s representative for highway safety


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