College Baseball Player Headed to Alcohol Awareness Program

Major League Baseball has proven to be very lenient when it comes to punishing its athletes after an alcohol-related incident, especially after a driving under the influence (DUI) violation. Just last month Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.22. he received no fine or suspension!

The NCAA has much less tolerance for its athletes being involved in alcohol-related incidents. Perhaps that is because many of its athletes are under the age of 21. More likely is that this issue is more important to them. As reported in www.ajc.com.

Georgia baseball coach David Perno wasted no time dispensing discipline to a player jailed on DUI and other misdemeanor charges. J.T. Phillips, a freshman from Columbus, was immediately dismissed from the team after Perno learned of his arrest for drunk driving, underage possession of alcohol, driving without a license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

The 19-year-old Phillips was booked into jail the night before the team’s biggest double-header of the season. What an utter lack of respect for your school and your teammates!

Phillips might be best-known for being part of the Columbus team that won the Little League World Series in 2006 and played for three Class AAA state champions at Columbus High.

At Georgia, Phillips played first base and started in 19 of 32 games. He was batting .256 with 6 RBI and 11 runs scored.

Phillips is still very young. We are a forgiving country. Everyone deserves a second chance. I hope that after he successfully completes a 24 hour online alcohol course he can re-dedicate himself to his sport and again become the baseball player he was meant to be.

Gainesville Mayoral Race Shows Need for DUI Classes

Not one but both candidates for the mayor position in Gainesville, Florida have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Unfortunately for the incumbent, his DUI occurred two days after the initial election resulted in a runoff.

Bad Timing! As reported in www.gainesville.com.

Two days after voters sent incumbent Mayor Craig Lowe into a runoff against Ed Braddy, Lowe was arrested on suspicion of DUI. With Braddy having garnered the most votes in the March 19 general election, the timing could not have been worse for Lowe.

Ironically, Braddy, was arrested for a DUI six years ago. However, his incident seems to have been forgotten as he easily went on to win the runoff.

There were differences of opinion on whether the DUI arrest cost Lowe the election or whether Lowe squandered a chance to recover from having been arrested.

Lowe did not give himself the best chance at surviving his mid-election misstep. Although Lowe issued an apology the evening of his arrest shortly after being released from jail, but it came off as half-hearted and insincere. Some members of his own party thought he might still be intoxicated when he was apologizing. Many saw the apology as evasive.

Lowe has admitted recently that he has a problem. I hope that he takes a 30 hour alcohol class online and seeks counseling. One thing I know is that the public is very forgiving. There is a good chance Lowe could wind up back in office again someday. Don’t believe me, just as former Washington, DC mayor Marion Berry (he was caught doing crack with prostitutes while in office and was re-elected after the incident)!

Parents and Siblings Can Take Alcohol Classes Too

For those of you who read my blog regularly you know that I do everything I can to dissuade parents from providing alcohol for their children and their children’s friends.

Just how important is the role of parental example? As reported in www.steamboattoday.com.

Parents play an important role in helping teens make smart decisions when it comes to alcohol. According to a recent report, 83 percent of youths report parents are the leading influence in their decision to not drink alcohol. Research also shows regular communication between parents and teens has a positive influence on the decisions teens make. Teens are more likely to live up to the parent’s expectations and less likely to drink or use drugs when open and regular communication is occurring.

Research has shown that youths who use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who begin drinking at age 21. Underage drinking can lead to destructive behaviors such as physical and emotional violence, sexual mistakes or misjudgments, accidental injuries and deaths, alcohol overdose and increased risk of suicide.

Siblings play an equally important role: Research shows that children who have older brothers or sisters who drink are more likely to use alcohol. Remind your older child that he or she serves as a role model for the younger brother or sister and that your rules and expectations about drinking apply to all underage family members. If the older sibling is of legal drinking age, ask him or her to always drink in moderation and to never encourage drinking or offer underage siblings alcohol.

Keep in mind that adults that supplying alcohol at teen parties is not only a bad idea but also illegal. In some states it is a felony even if nobody is injured or ticketed. I think it is a good idea for parents to take an online alcohol class with their progeny to help keep the message clear and keep the kids safe.

Montana Online DUI Classes Help Serial Offenders

How many driving under the influence violations does someone have to get before they decide on their own never to get behind the wheel of a car? The answer is probably as many as it takes. Do we have to chop off their arms to keep them from driving? Would even that keep them from getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs?

It has been estimated that for every DUI violation a person receives they get away with it 400 times. How many times must John Harvey Hootshave driven under the influence? Keep in mind he just received his 13th DUI. As reported in helenair.com.

Hoots, a 54-year-old from Billings, Montana tried to blame his neighbors for his most recent DUI infraction. He claimed he drive while intoxicated to get away from his neighbor who was threatening him.

A jury will have little sympathy for a DUI violator, especially if he has 12 previous convictions!

His attorney argued state law allows a person to commit a crime to avoid serious injury or death.

The neighbor testified he called 911 last July on the day in question to report Hoots had dropped his pants. A short time later, the neighbor's mother called to report Hoots indicated he had a gun.

Hoots was driving away as officers arrived. His blood-alcohol level was 0.20 and he had just been released from prison six weeks earlier on his 12th DUI.

This is serial DUI at its worst. Mandatory online alcohol classes and online DUI classes might have prevented this menace to society from ever using alcohol. Learn more here: http://onlinealcoholclass.com/Dui-Class

Yovani Gallardo Heading to Alcohol Education School

Professional baseball players make a lot of money. Pitching aces make a boat-load of duckets. Why then would they choose to drive after drinking rather than take a $50 cab ride? The may be the $1 million-dollar question.

Following in the footsteps of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe, Milwaukee Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo is guilty of driving after getting totally hammered (by booze not opposing bats). As reported in bleacherreport.com.

Gallardo was grinning from ear-to-ear at Miller Park in his team's game against the San Francisco Giants—and he had the right to be.

Gallardo helped his team in both major aspects of the game by pitching six strong innings and hitting a home run in third inning of the Brewers' 7-2 win.

The 27-year-old hurler also had to be pleased with how easily he avoided a suspension from the league office after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

Gallardo's blood-alcohol level was 0.22, which is three times the legal limit.

What the law does to him is one thing. His penalty from major League Baseball – nada! No person should ever be let off as easy as Gallardo was for his inexcusable behavior. It was an embarrassment to not only him but to the entire Brewers organization.

Major League Baseball should have made an example out of Gallardo for his careless behavior. While I am not sure what exactly goes on behind the closed doors of the league office, a suspension should have been handed down to the Brewers' right-hander.

I would like to see Gallardo take an online Alcohol and DUI class and seek to keep youth off alcohol in the future.

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.

Parents and Siblings Can Take Alcohol Classes Too

For those of you who read my blog regularly you know that I do everything I can to dissuade parents from providing alcohol for their children and their children’s friends.

Just how important is the role of parental example? As reported in www.steamboattoday.com.

Parents play an important role in helping teens make smart decisions when it comes to alcohol. According to a recent report, 83 percent of youths report parents are the leading influence in their decision to not drink alcohol. Research also shows regular communication between parents and teens has a positive influence on the decisions teens make. Teens are more likely to live up to the parent’s expectations and less likely to drink or use drugs when open and regular communication is occurring.

Research has shown that youths who use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who begin drinking at age 21. Underage drinking can lead to destructive behaviors such as physical and emotional violence, sexual mistakes or misjudgments, accidental injuries and deaths, alcohol overdose and increased risk of suicide.

Siblings play an equally important role: Research shows that children who have older brothers or sisters who drink are more likely to use alcohol. Remind your older child that he or she serves as a role model for the younger brother or sister and that your rules and expectations about drinking apply to all underage family members. If the older sibling is of legal drinking age, ask him or her to always drink in moderation and to never encourage drinking or offer underage siblings alcohol.

Keep in mind that adults that supplying alcohol at teen parties is not only a bad idea but also illegal. In some states it is a felony even if nobody is injured or ticketed. I think it is a good idea for parents to sign up for an online alcohol awareness program with their progeny to help keep the message clear and keep the kids safe.

Al Michaels Might need a California Wet Reckless Class

Older does not always mean wiser. One of the brightest sports minds in the country, and one of the most respected voices in sports journalism proved that alcohol makes people do stupid things.

Al Michaels, one of the all-time great broadcasters was arrested over the weekend in Southern California on suspicion of driving under the influence. As reported in espn.go.com.

As with many DUI recipients, Michaels was pulled over after making a routine traffic violation. He was pulled over at about 9:30 p.m. after officers manning a DUI checkpoint witnessed him make an illegal U-turn. Perhaps he was trying to avoid the checkpoint.

Michaels, the play-by-play man for "Sunday Night Football," was taken to the station, where he registered a blood-alcohol level at the .08 percent legal limit.

He was booked for suspicion of DUI and held for about five hours before being released on his own recognizance.

An Emmy Award winner, the 68-year-old Michaels spent nearly three decades at ABC Sports before moving to NBC in 2007.

Michaels worked NFL games and other sports for ABC, and called "Monday Night Football" for nearly 20 years. He also is known for his call of the U.S.-Soviet Union "Miracle on Ice" game at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.

Last year he received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. I hope Michaels does not let this blip de-rail his lifetime achievement of helping others. This is a prime opportunity for him to take a California Wet Reckless Class, stay sober and help others avoid the perils of alcohol as well.

Reese Witherspoon Might Need Alcohol Class

Do you ever feel like celebrities think they are invincible? It seems like when they have a run-in with the law they feel their celebrity status merits special treatment. As a counselor for both online drug classes and online alcohol classes I see this attitude with non-celebrity offenders too.

Reese Witherspoon pulled her celebrity card out while her husband was getting arrested for driving under the influence. She asked if officers knew who she was and when they didn’t she threatened then threat they soon would. As reported in www.tmz.com.

Both Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth were arrested, he for DUI, she for disorderly conduct. The arrests went down in Atlanta when police spotted their car -- a silver Ford Fusion weaving in and out of lanes and pulled them over.

When officers brushed off telling her that didn’t need to know her name she said, "You're about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news."

During Jim's arrest, Reese became ornery, demonstrating visual and verbal frustration over how long it was taking to arrest her husband. At one point, she got out of her car and the officer ordered her back inside. When she got out a second time, he arrested her for disorderly conduct, a municipal ordinance.

They were both taken to jail, booked, and released a short time later.

Despite claiming only to have had one drink, Toth’s eye lids were droopy and his eyes were blood shot and watery and he reeked of booze. His Breathalyzer test revealed Toth's blood alcohol level was .139.

Do you think Witherspoon played the celeb card because she had as much to drink as her hubby? Either way it was inappropriate behavior,. Both she and her husband should take a good computer based alcohol awareness class.

That’s So Raven Star Needs DUI Class

All of my loyal readers consistently comment on our celebrity blogs. The majority agree that while celebrities should not be role models, the fact remains they are. Celebrities are role models both for kids and adults. Often, their behavior leaves a lot to be desired. This is true in the case of one “That’s So Raven” star.

On the list of things that are so Raven, getting a DUI is not one of them. As reported in www.huffingtonpost.com.

Former "That's So Raven" star Orlando Brown was taken into police custody after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

The 25-year-old actor, who played Symone's pal Eddie Thomas on the Disney Channel series, was arrested in Los Angeles. This is not the first time Brown has had an alcohol-related incident. The former child actor is being held on a $26,000 arrest warrant from a previous DUI arrest.

Brown was first arrested on suspicion of DUI in August 2011, when he was pulled over for driving without a license plate and given a sobriety test after cops believed he smelled of alcohol.

Brown was supposed to take an alcohol class in order to avoid jail time; however, the actor never enrolled in the class and he also failed to pay $1,908 in fines and court fees. A warrant was then issued for his arrest after he didn't show up to court to prove that he'd finally joined an alcohol awareness program.

Brown was also arrested in 2007 for drug possession in Texas, after cops pulled him over for driving at night without his headlights on, and found nine grams of marijuana in the driver's side door when they searched the car.

It sounds like Brown needs more than just a dui class (http://onlinealcoholclass.com/Dui-Class). It looks like he needs serious in-patient therapy as well. Please hope he is not a role model to anyone – unless it is to dissuade them from ever trying drugs or alcohol.