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Using social media, drinking and driving prove to be a deadly combination

Posted on August 9th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

The use of social media while drinking and driving again proves to be a deadly combination after four young women died within a four-day period.

Using Instagram and driving drunk

On Friday, July 21, Obdulia Sanchez, Jacqueline Sanchez Estrada and Manuela Seja were driving down the road, snapping pictures and talking. However, the driver, Sanchez was also creating a live Instagram video at the same time, taking her eyes off the road and her hands off the wheel.

What happened next was shocking to all the passengers. As Sanchez lost control, she over-corrected her wheel and ended up driving the car into a wire fence. The car had flipped, ejecting the two 14-year-old girls who weren’t wearing seatbelts in the back seat.

As Sanchez got out of the car and assessed the damage, she was still recording to her Instagram account. The video recorded shows her deceased sister lying on the ground behind her, as she exclaims her remorse for her actions. It was later discovered that Sanchez had been drinking before the crash, and her Blood Alcohol Concentration was .10 after the accident.

Drinking and driving

Another tragedy struck just a few days later when four women, Heather Camisa, Bianca Herwig, Paige Smith and Brooke Molnar, were involved in a crash in Bethel Park, PA as a result of drinking and driving in combination with the use of social media.

Nearly 10 minutes worth of Snapchat videos created by the young women show that they were drinking heavily at a bar, as well as in the vehicle that they were driving. Some of the video footage shows the driver, Smith, with a bottle of liquor between her legs while she operated the vehicle.

As early morning arrived, police reported that the vehicle they were driving in veered off the road and went directly into a utility pole. Smith, Camisa, and Herwig were pronounced dead at the scene, but Molnar was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Although neither of these accidents was purposeful, the results were deadly. The alcohol that the drivers were drinking caused them to be impaired, allowing them to makeWith the rise of teens using social media, drinking and driving while using a phone has become more popular. out-of-character or rash decisions.  

Why this matters

As MADD said in their Facebook post about these accidents, “Stories like this highlight a disturbing trend of individuals bragging about drinking and driving on social media.”

Drunk driving is a serious matter, one that should never happen at all, let alone be publicized on through social media apps for hundreds to thousands of others to see. Although these are very sad incidents, we hope that people, especially teens, will learn from these women’s mistakes and choose to not operate a vehicle while drinking, using social media, or even worse, doing all at once.

Drunk driving while distracted by social media, texting and other technologies is the most deadly of evils our roads have ever seen. If ignition interlock devices are mandatory for all drunk driving offenders, regardless of the severity of the crime, we can cut down on some of these fatal accidents. While many states are making great strides in requiring interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, there is still progress to be made as a whole.

As Bethel Park police Chief Tim O’Conner said of the Pennsylvania situation, “We would stress to everyone that if you must drink, get a designated driver, make a phone call, have someone transport you even if you have to pay for it, party at home.There are options other than going out and trying to wheel yourself after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol.”

Intoxalock offers special pricing for the voluntary install of an ignition interlock devices. To learn more about how an ignition interlock device can help keep you or your loved ones safe on the road, call us today at (855) 531-5244.

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Fourth of July weekend marks one of the deadliest for drivers

Posted on June 30th, 2017 / By Melanie Vespestad

The Fourth of July holiday can be an incredibly fun couple of days filled with barbecues, boating, fireworks, parades, time with family and friends and lots of good food. During all of these fun events many people also choose to drink as a part of their festivities. Unfortunately, thousands of people, some of whom over the legal limit to operate a vehicle, will go to their cars and head home, causing potential danger.

However, what people might not know is that they are about to enter one of the deadliest days of the year for driving. Although the 4th of July holiday might be one of America’s favorites, it can also turn into one of the deadliest holidays of the year, all because of drunken driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, during the Independence Day holiday weekend of 2015 (from 6 p.m. July 2nd to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 146 people were killed in crashes that involved at least one drunk driver with a BAC of .08 or higher. Also, 92 people died in crashes involving at least one drunk driver with a BAC of .15 or higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit in all states.

Because of these stats for the Fourth of July weekend year after year, it’s important to plan everything in advance, including a designated driver. If you choose to drink during the holiday festivities, choose to call a friend or rely on a rideshare app to get you safely to your destination.

Police will be on patrol, doing their best to remind people the importance of either driving sober or getting pulled over. With all of the different options for getting around, there is no excuse for choosing to drive while intoxicated this Independence Day.

However, we know that nothing can fully prevent a drunk driver from starting their vehicle like an Intoxalock ignition interlock. Our interlocks help to stop a person from driving while intoxicated with an in-car breathalyzer. If a person submits a breath sample over the legal limit, they will not be allowed to start their car. Retests are required through the duration of the drive to ensure that the driver remains sober.  

If the stats aren’t enough for you, look into the cost of a DUI, both the financial burden of it, and the steps you would need to take to get back to driving again and living a normal life. A DUI can cost you your freedom. When it’s all said and done, driving drunk or even buzzed is not worth the potential consequences.

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