Preventing California Drunk Driving Accidents: "Real Housewives of Orange County" Husband Arrested for Possible DUI

December 31, 1969

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Matthew Lon Keough, the husband of a cast member of the "Real Housewives of Orange County" and a former All-Star MBA pitcher, was apprehended at his home in Coto de Gaza on Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving and evading arrest. According to police, Keough, 54, was seen driving through a stop sign and did not stop even when cops flashed their lights at him. They followed him home and arrested him there.

Per results from a blood test, Keough's blood alcohol level was almost four times the .08% legal limit at approximately .29%. He was released from the men's jail in Santa Ana at around 1am on Sunday after posting bail.

Driving with a blood alcohol level that high is extremely dangerous and our Orange County, California car accident lawyers are relieved that Keough did not injure anyone when he was driving home on Saturday. In 2005, however, he pleaded guilty to felony DUI charges after he ran a red light and his sport utility vehicle struck another SUV in a Rancho Margarita auto accident. A man who was walking his bicycle while crossing the street was injured. Keough left the Rancho Santa Margarita car accident site and by the time police found him more than three hours later, his BAC was 2 ½ times the legal limit.

While binge drinking is often associated with young people, especially college students, Keough's arrest is an example of what a recent study tells us--that older adults can be prone to overindulging when it comes to alcohol.

A new survey--its findings can be found in the American Journal of Psychiatry--reports that out of almost 11,000 Americans who participated, 23% of males and 9% of females, ages 50 - 64, admit that they engaged in binge drinking within the past month of when they took the survey. Binge drinking involves drinking at least five drinks during one occasion.

Obviously, the more drunk a person is, the more likely he or she is to cause a deadly Orange County, California car accident. Between August 21 and September 7, 2009, California police officers and other law enforcement officers throughout the US will take part in an aggressive campaign to arrest anyone who is driving drunk. The initiative comes at an important time--the end of the summer holidays, the beginning of the new school year, and the Labor Day weekend. The campaign is called Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

US Drunk driving accidents cost almost 12,000 lives last year. Drunk drivers should be held liable for Orange County, California wrongful death or personal injury if they accidentally injure or kill another person.

'Real Housewives' husband arrested on suspicion of DUI, OC Register, August 19, 2009

Binge drinking a problem for older adults too: study, Reuters, August 17, 2009

Related Web Resources:
American Journal of Psychiatry

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Kicks Off Nationwide Enforcement Crackdown on Impaired Driving, NHTSA, August 19, 2009