Garrett Hedlund is facing more than the devastation of separating from his partner and mother of his baby, Emma Roberts. Hedlund must also come to grips with the consequences of his actions that caused a January 2020 car accident, which left a mother and daughter extremely injured. According to records, which indicate that Hedlund slammed into another car at a red light, the actor’s blood level was elevated four times beyond the legal limit at .36. The victims in the accident have since filed a negligence lawsuit, claiming that Hedlund should have been educated on the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Continue reading
Those that are bound and determined to drink and drive can almost always find a way. Though most people think of trips to the local liquor store as a place to pick up supplies, the reality is that even a quick trip to the grocery outlet will suffice, if the intention is to find something with enough alcohol to get wasted.
As proof that there are lots of surprising things that can get a person drunk, a 46-year-old woman from Seneca Falls, New York was arrested last week and has since been charged with drunk driving after consuming, of all things, vanilla extract. According to police reports, the woman was spotted by officers driving erratically in a Walmart parking lot.
An officer then approached the car and began questioning the woman who admitted, almost immediately, that she had been drinking vanilla prior to getting behind the wheel. Officers say the woman explained how she had consumed two regular-sized bottles of pure vanilla extract not long before getting in her car. She soon became disoriented and was unable to navigate her way out of the Walmart parking lot. Read more
A recent and surprising story from the Boston Globe discussed what appears to be an abnormally low number of drunk driving arrests reported in a major American city. Numbers obtained by the Boston Globe revealed that police in Boston only made 241 drunk driving arrests in all of 2012, shocking numbers given Boston’s rank as the 10th largest metro area in the country.
The number of DUI arrests in Boston is confusing given that it not only pales in comparison to the numbers for similar sized and even smaller cities, but also because it reflects a dramatic drop from numbers seen only a few years ago. The data revealed that since 2009, the number of drunk driving arrests in the city have dropped by an astounding 33 percent.
This news story comes from the State of Oregon and was reported by CBS News. According to a representative from the Salem Police Department, a 20-year-old skateboarding male sustained serious injuries in a collision with a van, but is fortunately expected to survive.
Reports state that at around 5 p.m., the skateboarder rolled onto the street and veered straight into a 1997 Ford Econoline van’s path.
The skateboarder, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, was taken to a hospital nearby to treat his lacerations and broken bones. It was here he was cited for Driving while Under the Influence of Intoxicants (aka DUID or Drugged Driving), as well as for a minor in possession of alcohol.
While accident and deaths as a result of DWI/DUI get most of the media attention, a report from AAA shows that in the Spring of the year 2010, more than 41% of the U.S. drivers surveyed admitted to having nodded off or fallen asleep while driving. In fact, drowsy driving was the cause of approximately one of every six fatal car accidents and one of every eight crashes that resulted in a hospital visit. These statistics, however, do not even reflect the entirety of the problem.
One main reason that accidents resulting from drowsy driving are not often reported is because of hyperarousal. Hyperarousal is a condition or state that usually eliminates all noticeable signs of impairment due to fatigue and drowsiness. Since the more noticeable signs of drowsiness are eradicated by the chaos of an automobile accident, the main cause of the crash is often not detected or reported.