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San Francisco man arrested on suspicion of DUI

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

A 63-year-old man from South San Francisco was arrested on Sept. 26, 2017, for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after he hit a vehicle, injuring two people at Oyster Point and Airport boulevards. Investigating authorities suspected that Julian Guzman may be involved in several other hit-and-run collisions in the past, on the 400 block of Hemlock Avenue, the 300 block of Maple Avenue and the 300 block of Miller Avenue.

Guzman is alleged to have recklessly driven toward another car’s owner. On failing miserably in multiple field sobriety tests, officers of the South San Francisco Police Department arrested him on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and DUI.

Alcoholism is a major public health concern

Drinking, getting high on drugs and driving are three contradicting things, which simply never go together. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs poses great threat not only to the driver, but also to other people on the road at that time. It impairs the driver’s decision-making ability on the road. Alcohol prevents drivers from reacting swiftly to the changes in the environment, leaving them incapable of maneuvering the wheel efficiently.

Millions of Americans nationwide are victims of alcohol abuse. Studies have shown that on an average, a drunk or high-on-drugs driver will drive 80 times under the influence, before their first arrest. This is one of the major causes of all fatal road rages or car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 28 people die every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 51 minutes, resulting in an annual cost of more than $44 billion to tax payers.

Preventing alcohol and substance abuse or dependence needs a comprehensive plan and includes a combination of evidence-based interventions and environmental strategies and policies to overcome risk factors. While designing prevention programs, efforts must be made to limit the access to such intoxicants, decrease the likelihood of drug use or alcohol consumption and enforce the penalties for related offenses.

With substance abuse becoming more prevalent, doctors and recovering addicts are now trying to help people by spreading awareness and eliminating the stigmas associated with addiction. It is a known fact that addiction to alcohol or any drug for that matter is a disease, affecting both brain and behavior. No wonder, professional treatment at a reputed rehab is vital to lead a sober life again.

Battling menace of alcoholism

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The San Francisco Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 415-366-6922 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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