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Drunk motorist injures woman and kills dog in Ventura County
Alcohol is entwined in the American culture, and Ventura County is no exception. Consumption of alcohol plays a major role in the committing of offenses, in which the offender is usually found intoxicated due to the effect of alcohol. Driving under the influence (DUI) impairs judgment and renders the driver incapable of driving a vehicle safely.
In September this year, Ventura County police arrested a man for his alleged involvement in a DUI-related accident on a busy road in Thousand Oaks. The accused, Jonathan Deinhard, 21, of Camarillo, was riding his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol, when he dashed against Ellen Tyree who was walking her dog on the sidewalk. Tyree, 74, was severely injured as a result of the heavy blow of the vehicle, while her dog was killed her dog on the spot. Tyree was, later, moved to the intensive care unit of the Los Robles Hospital by the emergency medical personnel and was in a critical condition.
After receiving first aid for minor injuries, Deinhard was arrested and shifted to Ventura County Jail on charges of felony DUI with injuries.
Alcohol abuse tops all substance abuse problems
Alcoholism is predominant public health issue across the United States. According to the 2016 report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), every year, nearly 88,000 people, including nearly 62,000 men and 26,000 women, succumb to alcohol-related causes, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.
In Ventura County, approximately 9 percent of 7th graders, 20 percent of 9th graders and 31 percent of 11th graders currently use alcohol, as per the experts from the Ventura County Behavioral Health, a department of Ventura County Healthcare Agency. The experts also revealed that nearly 37 percent of 7th graders, 16 percent of 9th graders and 22 percent of 11th graders have ridden in a car driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol. Research shows that children who consume alcohol stand higher odds of becoming victims of violent crime or getting involved in drunk driving.
How does alcohol impair driving skills?
Alcohol is a widely used depressant drug which slows down the normal functioning of the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain, making it hard to concentrate on the road while driving.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous due to the following reasons:
- diminished concentration and attention span
- reduced and blurry vision
- reduced reflexes and reaction times
- drowsiness and tendency to fall asleep
- inability to multitask on the road
- inability to process sensory information
Going alcohol-free is possible
If you or your loved one is grappling with addiction to alcohol or any other intoxicant, seek medical help from the Thousand Oaks Drug Treatment and Rehab Center. Our certified addiction advisors can assist you in getting the best treatment options that can help you get “alcohol-free”. You can call us at 805-266-7122 for more information.