Could Alcohol Course Have Saved a Teen’s Life?

If you are a reader of the daily blog here at onlinealcoholclass.com you are subjected to constant reminders to the dangers of drinking and driving. Every day, hundreds of people lose their lives because someone chose to get behind the wheel intoxicated.

Following is yet another example of why I encourage everyone to take an alcohol class and never get behind the wheel of a car if they have been drinking. As reported in www.sfexaminer.com.

This story involves a man who fatally struck a high school girl on her 17th birthday in San Francisco. She lost her life. He will spend the next six months behind bars. Many lives will never be the same.

The driver was 29-year-old Kieren Brewer. The San Francisco native killed 17-year-old Hanren Chang, a junior at San Francisco's Lowell High School.

Hanren was struck while crossing a street around 11 p.m. after celebrating her birthday that day.

Brewer pleaded guilty to three felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injury.

In addition to jail time, Brewer was sentenced to five years' probation and six months under home detention with an ankle monitor as well as being forced to undergo a nine-month DUI program, serve 300 hours of community service and pay thousands of dollars in court and restitution fees.

To his credit, Brewer was quite contrite, but that will never bring back the beautiful 17-year-old life that was so tragically taken. Could an alcohol class have saved a life? The answer to this question cannot be answered. I am hopeful Brewer will not only decide to remain sober for life, but dedicate part of his life to helping others not become victims to horrors of drinking and driving.

Teenagers Need Mandatory 8 Hour Online Alcohol Classes

Perhaps I am overly sensitive to the topic because I am the educational director for an online alcohol class, but the rate of teens drinking and driving is downright terrifying.

Do you have a teenage child? If so, you should be concerned about drinking and driving. How about this – if you are naïve enough to believe your teen is immune to the perils of drinking and driving ask yourself a pair of questions. First, did you ever drink and drive as a teenager? Did you know anyone who drank and drove in high school? I am certain the answer to at least one of those questions will be a definitive yes! As reported in www.losangelesduidefenseblog.com.

Here are some frightening statistics.

This one is not a huge surprise. In 2006, the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was 36% versus 9% or four times higher at night than during the day.

How surprising is this? In 2007, 64% of young drivers in passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking were not wearing a seat belt. Obviously, drunken drivers are less likely to use restraints.

In 2008, an estimated 12.4% of persons ages 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once during the last 12 months.

In 2009, 16- to 20-year-old age drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher were involved in 19 percent of all fatal crashes.

In 2010, Statistics suggest that an underage male with BAC levels of 0.05 percent is 18 times more vulnerable to crash his vehicle than an underage male who hasn’t consumed alcohol. In underage females, this vulnerability increases to 54 times over her non-drinking counterpart.

In 2011, 10.3 percent of high school students 16 and older reported drinking and driving in the past 30 days.

You know from personal experience and knowledge that drinking and driving is hazardous. Please, I encourage all of you to take a good online alcohol class with your teenager. If you don’t have a teenager, take an online alcohol class yourself.

People in Dire Need of DUI Prevention

We all know people who drink and drive. The sad fact is there are thousands of impaired drivers on the roads all around us every single day. It is no wonder there are not many more traffic fatalities caused by drinking and driving

Think about your friends and family? How many do you know that drink and drive? Odds are, if you are reading the onlinealcoholclass.com blog, you know more than one. Perhaps you drink and drive on occasion – perhaps even more than just occasionally. As reported in www.ky3.com.

Please note, neither you, nor your family or friends, are immune from this coming back to bite you. It will happen. Please stop this behavior it could cost you or someone else the rest of a possible happy lifetime.

Here is a story about a person who will kill someone if they do not stop their DUI behavior. There is no doubt no doubt he needs more than just an educational alcohol and DUI prevention class. Of course, as the educational director for an online alcohol class I try to keep up with driving under the influence (DUI) stories around the world.

A Florida man stopped for DUI had a unique excuse, telling police he was trying to "drive it off."

Michael Moore, 61, told police he had left his home after an argument with his wife, during which she accused him of drinking too much.

He said he had been driving to a bar to get some more drinks and "drive it off," according to an arrest affidavit. Real smart, right? I hope Moore takes a good alcohol class and makes smarter decisions in the future.

Could DUI Education have Helped this Serial Drunk Driver?

Recently at the onlinealcoholclass.com blog we looked at a serial offender of driving under the influence (DUI of alcohol who had been arrested 19 times. It has been estimated that for each time caught, a DUI offender has driven while intoxicated 400 times. That means that 68-year-old offender drove in a drunken state almost 8,000 times.

Here is another story of a senior citizen that drives intoxicated quite often and refuses to stay off the road. Jacqueline Luzzani is a serious danger to both herself and the public. The 58-year-old sat in court and could only sit and listen as the judge listed off her long list of drunken driving offenses which include driving under the influence, hit-and-run unattended, driving under the influence and negligent driving. As reported in www.kirotv.com.

This time she was pulled over by a Washington state trooper for not wearing her seatbelt. When the officer approached her window she said “I'm going to tell you right now, I'm drunker than a skunk."

Luzzani’s condition was easy to verify as her speech was slurred, her eyes were bloodshot and she reeked of alcohol.

Her driving record showed four prior DUI charges and another six DUI cases still pending.

Luzzani was supposed to have an ignition interlock device, which is like a Breathalyzer for a car. It won’t start if the driver has been drinking. This was the third time she was caught in a car without one.

According to state law, a DUI is a felony is someone is convicted of four in 10 years. It looks like that in addition to alcohol classes she is going to spend some time behind bars.

Obviously she has serious addiction issues where alcohol is concerned. I mean how many times are you going to roll the dice and hope a pedestrian doesn't walk out in front of you, or you don't take out someone in a crosswalk before seeking help for your alcohol problem?

Hit a Cop Car in Drunken State, Take a Level 3 Alcohol Course

The scary part of people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is that they usually do not get caught. It has been estimated that for every DUI arrest, a driver has operated his vehicle 400 times under the influence.

One sure-fire way to get caught is to run into a police cruiser! As reported in www.ksl.com.

A man who police say has a history of DUI arrests was taken into custody after he smashed into a police officer's patrol car. Of course the incident occurred in the middle of the night- about 2 a.m.

The police officer had just pulled over to help another driver when he looked in his side mirror and saw a pickup truck in his lane was about to hit him. The truck smashed into the driver's side of the police vehicle, causing extensive damage to the door and front end, and kept driving.

The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a shoulder injury and later released. Terril James Reeves then tried to flee, but his truck broke down about a mile later. The driver tried to get out and run but was arrested a short time later.

The arresting officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver's breath, and Reeves also failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested for investigation of DUI, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and driving with no insurance and on revoked registration.

This is not his first run-in with the law. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to DUI in Salt Lake Justice Court, and in 2007, Reeves was convicted in West Valley City Justice Court of failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

There is no doubt Reeves is in dire need of alcohol treatment. The first intervention could be a 24 hour online alcohol class and some counseling.

Could We Mandate Alcohol Education for Serial DUI Offenders?

How many times do you have to drive intoxicated before even you realize what you are doing is extremely stupid? How many times must a person get arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) before they are mandated pedestrian for life? Even if you could mandate this, how would it be accomplished?

The saying older is wiser certainly does not apply in this case. My loyal readers know that the previous blog here at onlinealcoholclass.com dealt with another senior citizen who appears to be a serial DUI offender. As reported in www.ktvu.com.

The police in Santa Rosa, California know William Beall quite well. A habitual DUI driver, police keep him under surveillance. The 68-year-old Beall has been arrested 19 times for driving under the influence and most recently was taken into custody for operating a vehicle with a suspended license, according to Petaluma Police.

Petaluma police officers have a special operation targeting repeat DUI offenders observed a suspect driving away from his home.

Officers contacted the driver, 68-year-old Santa Rosa resident William Beall, who is a known repeat DUI offender with 19 DUI convictions in the past thirty years. Beall's driver's license is currently suspended, so he was taken into custody.

What do you think about this operation? Is this a waste of valuable police resources? I think that the safety of the citizens is paramount and this is a good idea. However, I think we need to figure out a way to keep people like Beall from operating a vehicle at all. How many DUI chances should a person get?

Could Alcohol Courses Help Repeat Offenders?

How many times do you have to drive intoxicated before even you realize what you are doing is extremely stupid and dangerous to self and others? How many times must a person get arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) before their license is revoked? Even if you could mandate this, how would it be accomplished?

Older may not always mean wiser. It can also mean more set in ones ways. My loyal readers know that the previous blog here at onlinealcoholclass.com dealt with a senior citizen who is a serial Dui offender. As reported in www.ktvu.com.

The police in Santa Rosa, California know William Beall quite well. A habitual DUI driver, police keep him under surveillance. The 68-year-old Beall has been arrested 19 times for driving under the influence and most recently was taken into custody for operating a vehicle with a suspended license, according to Petaluma Police.

Petaluma police officers have a special operation targeting repeat DUI offenders observed a suspect driving away from his home.

Officers contacted the driver, 68-year-old Santa Rosa resident William Beall, who is a known repeat DUI offender with 19 DUI convictions in the past thirty years. Beall's driver's license is currently suspended, so he was taken into custody.

What do you think about this operation? Is this a waste of valuable police resources? I think that the safety of the citizens is paramount and this is a good idea. However, I think we need to figure out a way to keep people like Beall from operating a vehicle at all. How many DUI chances should a person get?

10 Hour Alcohol Awareness Class Can Help You Make Smarter Decisions

There is no doubt that alcohol makes people do stupid things. People under the influence, do things that under sober circumstances, would seem idiotic. Getting behind the wheel of a car completely drunk is one of those really bad decisions.

How many people do you think wake up in the morning and say to themselves “I can’t wait to go out and get totally plastered and see how well I can drive?” As reported in www.norwalkreflector.com.

I do not think this Norwalk, Connecticut native thought about that when he woke up.

Robert Dilger was falling down drunk when he was arrested. Older does not mean wiser as the 66-year-old had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit when he was arrested. To his credit, at least he admitted his guilt.

Dilger’s drunkenness was witnessed first-hand by a patrol officer who saw him hit the rear of a vehicle in front of a gas station. Dilger then went off the road, hit a small sign and stopped. Both Dilger and the other driver went to the hospital with minor injuries.

Nor was this his first DUI. In mid-February 2003, prosecutors dismissed a DUI charge against Dilger due to "lack of evidence" for a conviction, court records state. I do not think Dilger will get off so easily this time. I hope he takes a long look at his choices. I think a 24 hour alcohol awareness would be a helpful place to start.

Bus Driver Needs Alcohol Awarness Program

How terrifying is it to think that the person driving your children to school may be intoxicated? If this sounds like a horror movie, you may want to leave the room now.

A substitute driver in Kokomo, Indiana was sentenced this week to probation and community service for operating his school bus while intoxicated last November.

William Tucker pleaded guilty to a Class C misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more. As part of the plea agreement, a Class A misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person was dropped.

The 42-year-old Tucker was sentenced to time served — which was four days — in addition to one year unsupervised probation, a 90-day license suspension and 200 hours of community service.

Tucker was at Gett’s Tacos in Kokomo shortly before 3 p.m. Nov. 19 when someone saw him pouring what appeared to be a can of beer into a cup. When Tucker saw that he’d been spotted, he turned around and tossed the can to the ground. Then he ran over the can with his bus. Thank goodness for good, concerned citizens.

The witness reported the incident to the district’s transportation director. When Tucker arrived, the director tested Tucker who smelled like alcohol and agreed to take a portable breath test. He had a blood alcohol content of .105.

I hope Tucker takes a good online alcohol class and never operates a vehicle after drinking again.

Alcohol Education Courses Should be Offered to High School Athletes

There is no doubt that both alcohol and drugs are a pressure for adolescents and that drinking and using drugs is a serious problem for some high school students. While getting tipsy or loaded may lower inhibitions and social discomfort, the outcome of this inebriation is not only negative, but it can change the course of a young adults life forever.

The negative toll drugs and alcohol have on high school athletes is very sad. Whether these students are playing competitively during school or trying to enter the collegiate or professional level, abusing the body will wreak havoc on performance. As reported in www.pressherald.com.

Six players on the Boothbay Region High School boys’ basketball team, the defending Western Maine Class C champion, have been suspended from the team just days before this year’s playoffs for violating the school’s athletic pledge.

It is unclear whether they had been drinking alcohol but the pledge they broke was being in a place where alcohol was being consumed.

Three of the six players were starters on the team, which was given a good chance of defending its title but will enter the playoffs with just five varsity players and a sixth, Pinkham, was called up from the junior varsity team.

If they were not drinking do you think this is too harsh of a punishment? I tend to agree that one should not out himself in a compromising situation.

Last fall, about 30 Westbrook High School students were suspended from athletic events after an underage drinking party, but the suspensions were overturned just hours before a football playoff game.

How is this any different? Are football players more politically connected?

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