“Don’t drink and drive!” a warning that appears on the billboards and hoardings by the roadside, is meant to encourage people to drive safely. Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in is a criminal offense in all jurisdictions within the United States. A person driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has impaired motor senses, which affect his or her skill to drive a vehicle.
However, driving under the influence of illegal drugs and prescription medications without a doctor’s advice can also result in DUI charges as these drugs can disrupt the levels of neurotransmitters in the body and impair one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Celebrities and DUI
Though, drunk driving is a serious offense, it is still an ostensible practice for celebrities. Usually, people who are famous, whether they be movie stars, sportsperson, singer or politician, need to be more responsible and empathetic, but there are countless celebrities who do not think twice before risking their own life or that of others by driving while intoxicated.
Some of the celebrities who were caught driving under the influence of alcohol in 2016 are:
Michael Floyd, an American footballer and a key player in the National Football League (NFL), was found asleep behind the wheel of his car in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Dec. 12, 2016 and was charged with drunken driving.
American celebrity chef, who hosts the cookery show “Easy Entertaining” with Michael Chiarello on the Food Network, was arrested on Nov. 2, 2016, on DUI charges. He was pulled over and arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer at Yountville Cross Road and Silverado Trail near Yountville on suspicion of DUI and possession of drugs.
Troy Hill, the 25-year-old American football player, was arrested on Nov. 19, 2016, on suspicion of drunken driving after a car he was driving crashed into a big rig on the 101 freeway in Encino.
Kairo Whitfield, son of Sheree Whitfield, star of the TV show, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, was arrested for DUI in Dec. 2016 and was found to have smoked marijuana.
Dennis Rodman, nicknamed as “The Worm” and a retired American professional basketball player, was charged with a hit-and-run accident on Nov. 21, 2016 under the influence of alcohol. He was also accused of lying to the police and driving without a license.
DUI statistics in America
As per a 2016 report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 28 people in America succumb to motor vehicle crashes daily due to DUI. Further, 9,967 people were killed in accidents due to drunk driving, accounting for approximately one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S., in 2014, said the same report.
In 2014, 19 percent of the traffic deaths involving teenagers below 14 were due to an alcohol-impaired driver. As per the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), over 1.1 million drivers were arrested in 2014 for DUI. In fact, drivers using marijuana were about 25 percent more likely to be involved in an accident, than drivers not using the drug, said the CDC.
Getting treatment for alcoholism
Drunk driving can lead to various disastrous consequences such as arrests, imprisonment, loss of reputation and friends, dispute in the family, guilt, financial losses, etc. Therefore, one should refrain from DUI and take adequate treatment, when required.
If you or your loved one is struggling with an alcohol addiction, get in touch with the Alcohol Addiction Helpline of California to know about the right treatment available at the alcohol rehab centers in California. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-980-1715 or chat online to enquire about the reputed alcohol addiction treatment facilities in California.Continue reading