NY Yankees Prospect Joining Teammate at DWI School

The New York Yankees must be feeling a little snake-bitten lately. Sports fans aware of the Yankees franchise, with its success and seemingly boundless checkbook, they scoff at the notion. But this is a clean organization (the only one in professional sports in the USA that requires athletes not to have facial hair). Yet for the second year in a row one of its best prospects was arrested for DUI.

Let’s not even begin to talk about Alex Rodriguez and his issues with performance enhancing drugs.

The team’s No. 2 prospect Mason Williams was arrested for DUI back in April, shortly after the team broke from Spring Training in Tampa, Florida

When I read things like this and I just shake my head. Why would anybody want to drive under the influence? Especially when you are in the Yankees’ farm system? It is a poor use of judgment.

Williams’ breath tests were under the legal limit of .08, but the cause of his arrest was failed sobriety tests (this from a professional athlete). The Tampa Yankees played a home game on Wednesday night. Maybe Williams was disappointed with the loss and decided to take his anger out on alcohol. Either way, he had a little too much to drink and now he has to suffer the consequences.

If anything, Williams will be suspended for a number of games. It’s always disappointing to read about young players getting arrested. Williams, one of the best players in the Yankees’ system, had a bright future ahead of him.

The last thing that the Yankees need is their young players getting arrested. These guys are the future of the franchise and if the young guys are getting pulled over for DUI, it makes the whole team look bad. For all I know, Williams could be a good kid who just made a bad mistake. Regardless, I hope that he learns his lesson and thinks twice the next time he wants to go out drinking.

Reading about a baseball player getting arrested for a DUI is always disappointing. What makes the story worse is that the player is the No. 2 2 prospect in the system. I am curious to see what kind of action will be taken against Williams and if it will be done by the Major League Yankees or the Single-A Yankees.

Two DUIs in 3 Days, You May Need an Alcohol Awareness Class

How often do you read stories about people driving under the influence (DUI). Perhaps I am more sensitive to these stories because I work as an educational director for an online DUI school, but it seems like a day does not go by where I read more than 10 stories about DUI activity.

Elliot Gamble of Fort Myers, Florida was arrested on his second DUI charge in three days after he drunkenly ramming a patrol car. As reported in www.news-press.com.

Gamble’s Honda CRV first hit the patrol and then, after the officer exited the vehicle, the CRV hit her too.

The 29-year-old Gamble told the officer he struck her patrol car intentionally because he wanted to kill himself, and he had been drinking.

In his vehicle officers found nearly-empty bottles of gin and, along with an open can of Natural Ice beer. Gamble was placed under arrest on charges of assault on an officer, DUI and criminal mischief.

Gamble warned officers that he would piss himself if he was placed in the squad car. Still they threw him in back and watched helplessly as he urinated all over the back seat. Apparently, the deputy told him that he was disgusting.

Gamble had a blood alcohol content of .237 and .243 in two separate breath tests.

He also was arrested in Lee County on a DUI charge on Saturday, and another DUI charge in 2009.

Gamble has a serious problem with alcohol. I hope he takes a 30 hour online alcohol class and dedicates himself to sobriety.

Alcohol Classes Help Parents Stay Smart Too

Have you ever been to a party where alcohol was served to those under 21 by the parents of the hosting party? Have your kids ever been to one? My guess is yes to both.

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes this topic comes up in virtually every class. It is outrageous how common serving booze to minors is by adults. Do they not realize the risk they are taking both for themselves as well as everyone on the road later that night? As reported in www.steamboattoday.com.

I ask all parents and adults to help teens make smart decisions this time of year.

It is not uncommon for adults will host parties where alcohol is provided because they think they can better protect teens in supervised situations. However, these beliefs and misconceptions are not supported by research.

Underage drinking is both illegal and risky.

A study by the National Institutes of Health found that heavy alcohol consumption harms brain development in teens. The region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until about age 25, and any alcohol-related damage incurred at a young age can have long-term effects.

Alcohol is a powerful, mood-altering drug that contributes to lack of judgment and poor coping skills. Teens do not need any more help with poor judgment and coping skills.

Parents, do yourself and your kids a favor. Take an 8-hour online alcohol class with your kids and help each other stay healthy and stay smart.

Would DUI Class Help Serial Offender?

Serial DUI (driving under the influence) is very common in the United States. Perhaps you know someone who regularly drinks and drives (or uses drugs like prescription medication or marijuana and drive). If you do, I am sure you expect that DUI behavior is a regular part of their behavior.

This is true both for people who have had an alcohol-related incident in their past as well as those who haven’t. If you are worried there are a lot of drunken drivers out on the road – you are not alone and you are not incorrect.

A 36-year-old Illinois man was arrested on felony charges for his ninth DUI.

Bruno De La Cruz was originally arrested and charged for his third DUI arrest, however, prosecutors dug into his background and determined this was his ninth. If convicted he faces six to 30 years in prison with no possibility of probation.

Just how drunk was this guy? Police found De La Cruz to be "unresponsive" after they responded to a single-vehicle crash at 2:42 a.m. No surprise that the officer smelled alcohol on De La Cruz and he failed field sobriety tests. He declined to take chemical tests after his arrest.

He also was cited for transportation of open alcohol, failure to reduce speed and driving without a license.

According to court records, De La Cruz had previous DUI arrests on: Jan. 10 and Sept. 2, 2000; Sept. 14, 2002; Oct. 3, 2004; April 9, Aug. 3 and Aug. 28, 2006; and Feb. 19, 2007.

He had just spent 364 days in jail. Now it looks like he is headed back to the clink. I would hope the local jail would have online alcohol classes for their inmates suffering from the ravages of alcohol addiction.

Tennessee Titans Tight End Understands Need for DUI Classes

I have to admit that it is not often that I write a blog about driving under the influence (DUI) where a player from the national Football League (NFL) is a principle character and it is a positive message. I am always happiest when it is.

The tight end of the Tennessee Titans, Delanie Walker is pledging his support for stricter laws for convicted drunk drivers. As reported in www.rantsports.com.

Walker recently sent a letter to lawmakers in Tennessee urging them to support bills which would require convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device. Currently, ignition interlock devices are not required for first-time DUIs.

Why is a young NFL player so interested in DUI laws? Unfortunately it is because he has first-hand experience with tragedy involving DUI behavior.

Walker, formerly with the 49ers, lost his aunt and uncle when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their vehicle the morning after Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome.

If the bill passes, a mechanism that requires a driver to have a legal blood-alcohol content level before the car will start. Repeat offenders are required to use the device only after they have been caught driving with a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent or greater, though the state’s legal limit for driving is .08.

It’s always great to see athletes using their status for positive things. Far too frequently athletes use their status to manipulate the legal system, and often get breaks that normal folks wouldn’t get. Walker is correct when he says that this new law doesn’t discriminate. DUI offenders are DUI offenders, there’s no middle ground.

Right now, I am happy that a young man like Walker is using whatever fame or influence he has, to influence others to do the right thing.

“Teen Mom” Needs an Alcohol Class and Attitude Adjustment

I will admit to being somewhat biased against reality television stars. Many of these “want to be famous” people do not know how to handle the attention.

Some act like petulant children (and again in my biased opinion – most are). Others seem to think that they are above questioning. None of us are above questioning for our behavior – especially if we are on national TV discussing ourselves. As reported in www.huffingtonpost.com.

I can assure that my bias may be especially strong for those appearing on shows like “Teen Mom.”

“Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham stopped by “Dr. Phil” Friday to clear up rumors about a sex tape. I have to admit that I also was somewhat biased against Dr. Phil, but the more I see him, the greater respect I have.

Abraham probably thought she would puff herself up on national TV and discuss the most important thing in her life – no not her child – her career.

Unfortunately, the doctor took the opportunity to hit her with some tough questions about her DUI arrest, and accused her of not taking responsibility for her actions.

When Abraham got all uppity with him, Dr. Phil said, "You would argue no matter what I said because you have a chip on your shoulder... you're upset because I ask questions you don't have good answers for.” I clap when I read quotes like that.

Abraham went on to tell Dr. Phil that she was sorry she came on the show, and a writer for Wet Paint pointed out that some might think the doctor went a little too far.

Abraham is no star and she seems to take no responsibility for her actions. My hope is that with alcohol classes and counseling she might be able to become a productive citizen. Can you hear my bias in the last sentence?

Will Harsher Penalties Create More Need for Online DUI Classes?

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes and online DUI courses I often discuss the above-titled question with my students. What do you think? Would harsher penalties for DUI result in fewer people drinking and driving? What of the penalty were as severe as Saudi Arabia – get a DUI and you die?

The people in Washington State may find out the answer to this question soon. As reported in www.king5.com.

Drunk driving laws are changing in Washington state after two high-profile, deadly crashes involving suspected drunk drivers.

Governor Jay Inslee announced a new package of driving under the influence laws with bipartisan support.

I am not sure I completely agree with his premise that every accident and every death we see involving a DUI could have been prevented, nor do I believe DUI offenders are given a free pass.

Of the penalty changes, police would have to arrest and take the driver into custody after a first DUI offense. After a second offense, drivers would have to choose between treatment or a mandatory six months in jail.

Drivers convicted of a third DUI would get at least a one-year prison sentence. In addition, a three-time offender will be issues a new driver's license that would prevent them from buying alcohol for 10 years.

I am all in favor of harsher DUI laws, especially for repeat offenders. I would make any first-time offender take at least five mandatory DUI classes. Time will tell if these penalties make a change. Does anyone disagree that they are warranted?

Moms In Need of Alcohol Class

Is a driving under the influence violation (DUI) the same for everyone? As a counselor for both in-class and online DUI classes I often discuss this question with my students.

A DUI definitely becomes worse if an accident occurs or injuries. If no accident or injury occurs, are all DUIs equally bad? My students and I tend to think no. The consensus is that parents driving in a drunken state with children in the car exacerbates the issue. As reported in www.ajc.com.

Following are two stories that should make any person cringe dealing with this very issue.

The first occurred in Roswell, Georgia, the second in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Concepcion Romero was arrested for driving drunk with her daughter in the car . The 40-year-old was charged with DUI and child endangerment after being stopped for failure to maintain her lane. Making the situation even worse, her 7-year-old daughter was not secured in the back seat. Family members picked up the child at the scene.

Romero refused to take a breath or blood test and was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. The scary thing is that she’s not only putting herself in danger, she’s putting people on the road in danger. She’s also endangering her own child.

Indiana

A Fort Wayne woman has been charged with drunken driving while her five children were in her minivan. The 31-year-old Melissa Wilkinson had children ages 6 to 12 with her when she was arrested Saturday. Court documents show she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent.

Court documents show Wilkinson was charged with operating a vehicle as a habitual violator and five counts each of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 18 and neglect of a dependent.

Both of these women have serious issues with alcohol if they would place their children’s lives in such danger. I hope both take a 30 hour online alcohol class and choose to never drink and drive again.

Predators QB Headed to Alcohol Class

Did the quarterback of the Orlando Predators just receive a wake-up call? You bet he did. Just how intense a wake-up call remains to be seen.

Kyle Rowley, the predators starting quarterback, refused to submit to DUI tests after he was found "passed out" in a parked sport utility vehicle near the entrance of an apartment complex in Orlando, Florida.. As reported in www.orlandosentinel.com.

The 34-year-old was out cold and his SUV was running and its brake lights were on. Rowley was not alone – passed out in the passenger seat was a female. It took them almost a full minute to wake up as police pounded on the windows.

Rowley responded to officers' commands to roll down his window and hand over his keys by repeatedly shifting the vehicle into drive. Officers eventually got the keys, and said they detected the smell of alcohol coming from the SUV.

Rowley's eyes were red and glassy, and his speech was slurred, and after he refused to exit the vehicle, one officer pointed his department-issued chemical spray at the quarterback's eyes, but decided against using it. Rowley had to be physically pulled from the vehicle.

He refused to submit to field sobriety tests or a Breathalyzer. He was arrested on charges of resisting without violence and driving under the influence.

A DUI investigator called to the scene said he arrived to find Rowley repeating the Lord's Prayer. He admitted to having consumed six beers.

We will see what happens. It looks like someone might be in denial about both this incident and a possible problem with alcohol. I hope he and his female friend are mandated to take a good alcohol class and choose to stay away from booze.

3 Doors Down Bassist Needs More than Simple DUI Class

For those who ever have drank alcohol and drove when they knew they were probably affected by alcohol few ever think about the worst-case scenario. Believe me, the worst-case scenario is always out there. That most likely is the case for one celebrity, Todd Harrell.

Harrell is the bassist for the Mississippi band 3 Doors Down and now the band is canceling their four scheduled appearances in the US this spring, after bassist Todd Harrell was arrested back in April. As reported in www.wlox.com.

The 41-year-old Harrell was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication. The coast native was arrested in Tennessee. He was driving a 2011 Cadillac CTS at a high rate of speed when he clipped a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck. That truck was driven by 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr.

Unfortunately, Shoulders was not wearing a seatbelt. He was ejected from the truck and died shortly after the incident. The band said the decision to cancel its next four appearances was out of respect to Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. and his family.

This is the worst-case scenario of drinking and driving. This fatality never had to happen. Alcohol classes enforce the notion of making the smart decision not to take the risk that a worst-case scenario might happen and someone could lose their life.