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Drunk driver hits police car in Orange County
Alcohol-impaired driving is the leading cause of deaths in most traffic fatalities taking place in the United States. Although a drunk driver is subjected to various penalties, such as fines, imprisonment, license suspension or revocation, as well as community service, it is an uphill task to deter a habitual drinker from driving.
Recently, the Seal Beach police department arrested a man on the suspicion of drinking and driving on the New Year’s Eve. The accused, identified as Dennis Cusick, 55, a resident of Mission Viejo, allegedly rammed into a police car, after hitting a center divider, in the City of Seal Beach, Orange County. He went on to hit two other vehicles before the police could nab him at the intersection of First Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Meanwhile, the accused tried to dodge the police officer by attempting to flee the scene.
The chase began when Seal Beach officers were notified about a drunk driver in the area of Westminster Avenue and Seal Beach Boulevard. Cusick was booked on a number of charges, including felony driving under the influence, assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon, as well as hit and run.
Drunken driving is on the rise nationwide
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
Driving under the influence (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. While some people may be incapable of working normally even with a BAC of 0.02 percent, many others may witness a decline in coordination, reaction time and ability to track moving objects at a BAC of just 0.05 percent.
Studies have suggested that a combination of alcohol and drugs in a person’s system is the principal cause of road rage and car crashes across the U.S. Sadly, a significant number of offenders tend to repeat their offenses, clearly indicating that most of them are deprived of the right kind of counseling and treatment for alcoholism.
Alcohol leads to cognitive impairment in an individual. It is responsible for:
- disrupting neuronal pathways, which, in turn, leads impaired judgment
- delaying reaction time
- affecting motor coordination, interfering with the ability to maneuver the wheel
- obstructing perception and decision-making abilities, making it tough to judge distances
- intensifying emotions, causing anger toward other motorists while driving
Battling the menace of addiction
Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and intoxicants inhibit the driver’s decision-making ability on the roads. Thus, a person fails to react swiftly to the changes in the environment and is unable to make tough maneuvers behind the wheel.
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol, or any other substance, get in touch with the Orange County Drug Treatment and Rehab Center. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 714-202-4669 or chat online for more information on various alcohol and drug rehabs in your vicinity.