A Costa Mesa woman was recently sentenced to 7 years behind bars after almost killing a teenage girl in a drunk driving car accident. According to CBS Los Angeles, the young victim is currently suffering from paralysis and a severe brain injury. She was in a coma for a few says after the accident. She also suffers from a broken pelvic bone and back and suffered severe internal bleeding. She is now unable to walk and cannot take care of herself.
"She put a huge halt to my life," says the victim.
Our Costa Mesa injury attorneys understand that the woman was only supposed to be sentenced to 6 years behind bars, but the judge decided on 7 after he learned that the woman was kicked out of rehab just a few weeks prior. Investigators also discovered that the intoxicated driver had Methadone, Phentemine, Temazepam and Oxazepham in her system. Her blood alcohol level was .05 percent higher when they tested her against three hours after the accident.
As we recently reported, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are pushing for ignition interlock devices for all drunk driving convictions. Officials with Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have been on this page for a while now. They say that these devices are effective in saving lives and reducing drunk driving repeat offenses by more than 65 percent.
The truth of the matter is that first-time offenders aren't even first timers at all. Officials believe that a drunk driver who is busted for the first time driving while drunk has already done it an average of 80 times before. According to recent research, these same individuals show patterns of recidivism are generally similar to an actual repeat offender.
We'd like to remind drivers that a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is not just a social drink. Across the nation it's illegal to get behind the wheel while drunk. This hinders your driving skills. For example, it messes with your depth perception, speed, steering, concentration, visual tracking and even braking. As a matter of fact, someone who is legally drunk behind the wheel is more than 10 times more likely to be involved in fatal crash that someone who hasn't had anything to drink.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 10,225 people killed in drunk driving car accidents in the United States in 2010. In the state of California, there were more than 900 people killed in alcohol-related car accidents during the same year. Of these fatalities, more than 790 of them were killed in accidents in which at least one driver was completely drunk. Many could have been prevented with stricter sentencing and more ignition interlock devices.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving car accident, contact injury attorney Vincent Howard for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today.
L.A. Traffic Safety: Halting Drunk Drivers through Holiday Season, California Injury Lawyers, December 9, 2012