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DUI crash kills 3 of a family, Los Angeles police officer arrested

Published On: 10-18-2017 in Category: addiction

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently arrested a 26-year-old off-duty Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter.

According to media reports, Edgar Omar Verduzco of Santa Ana drove allegedly in an inebriated condition on the 605 Freeway, south of Saragosa Street in West Whittier, crashing into two other vehicles. A Riverside couple and their teenage son died in the accident after their car was engulfed in flames following the collision, which took place on Sept. 27, 2017.

Apologizing at a press conference for the misconduct of one of his department members, LADP chief Charlie Beck said, “My heart goes out to the victims and the families. And I cannot express my anger and disappointment that I as a Los Angeles police officer would disregard the law and cause an accident with such awful, awful consequences.” Following his arrest, Verduzco was booked into Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles on a bail of $100,000.

Drinking and driving can’t go together

America has accepted alcohol both legally and socially. In fact, it has become a drug of choice nationwide. Alcohol consumption is entwined with the American social fabric, where millions see drinking as a rite of passage to adulthood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports around 28 fatal motor vehicle crashes on a daily basis that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

Drinking and driving are two highly contradictory things, which should never be done together. Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs or any stimulants not only endangers the driver’s life, but also is a large threat to overall public safety. Drinking hinders the driver’s ability to make intelligent decisions on the roads, considering the well-timed and calculated maneuvers behind the wheel and the inconstant road environment. However, use of alcohol and other mind-altering substances, including certain prescription medicines, can impair faculties such as reflex time, psychomotor skills, memory and judgment, which are key to safety on the roads.

Binge drinking on a single occasion or over time can result in numerous health hazards. Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways that control memory, speech, judgment and movement. These interferences can modify one’s mood and behavior, causing signs of drunkenness such as memory lapses, impulsive behavior, slurred speech, impaired concentration and difficulty in walking. The immediate impact of alcohol is visible in 10 minutes after the first sip, says the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Alcoholism is treatable

With alcohol abuse and addiction becoming more prominent, physicians and people recovering from alcoholism are now trying to help spread awareness and eradicate the stigmas linked to alcohol use disorder (AUD). If you or a loved one is addicted to alcohol, seek treatment immediately. The Los Angeles Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best alcoholism treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 213-986-2445 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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