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Florida Highway Patrol arrests van driver for DUI

Published On: 11-22-2017 in Category: alcohol

Florida Highway Patrol arrests van driver for DUI

The Florida Highway Patrol on Oct. 10, 2017, arrested a 39-year-old man in Edgewater on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) after his van crashed near the junction of State Road 44 and State Road 415 at New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County. According to patrol officers, Mark Hackstie fled the scene of the crash. However, Hackstie’s vehicle broke down on Old Dawn Ranch Road in Edgewater, which helped the officers in tracking him down and leading to his arrest, media reports said.

Authorities said Hackstie not only abandoned his car, but also left his three young children aged one, two and four, inside the vehicle and fled from the crash scene. They used a Taser gun on Hackstie to seize him so that he could be taken under custody. In addition to DUI, he was charged with three counts—of neglect of minor children, fleeing from the crash scene and resisting a law enforcement officer.

According to the Edgewater police, Hackstie declined to perform a field sobriety test after he initially agreed to it. Meanwhile, the Department of Children and Families was informed about the incident and the children were taken into the custody of an aunt.

Alcohol impairs drivers

Road crashes due to people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are emerging as one of the biggest threats to personal safety nationwide. 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. In other words, someone dies on the roads because of a drunk driver every 53 minutes, increasing the yearly burden of alcohol-related crashes to over $44 billion.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs endangers not only the driver’s life, but also poses great risk to general public’s safety on the roads. Being a depressant drug, which slows down the response time of the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain, alcohol impairs the driver’s ability to make well-informed decisions relating to sensible and prompt maneuvers behind the wheel and the changing road environment. Apart from illegal drugs and alcohol, even certain prescription medicines can impair faculties such as psychomotor skills, memory, judgment and reflex time.

The key to combatting alcohol addiction lies in seeking specialized treatment consisting of evidence-based interventions and strategies to overcome risk factors and reclaim a sober life. Moreover, for any treatment to be successful, efforts must be made to restrict patients’ access to alcohol and enforce the law for DUI-related offenses. With alcoholism claiming many lives on America’s roads, doctors as well as recovering patients should spread awareness and eliminate the stigmas associated with alcohol use disorder (AUD), which is a disease affecting both brain and behavior.

Leading an alcohol-free life

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Orlando Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call our 24/7 helpline number 407-545-6829 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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