MELVILLE, NY- According to Newli.com, police arrested a 27-year-old woman in Melville for driving under the influence. The woman was traveling with her 9-year-old daughter in the vehicle.
The driver was operating a 2004 Acura and traveling east on the Long Island Expressway when she crashed into a median at about 11:45 at night.
The driver and the child were both injured in the crash. Both were taken to the Huntington Hospital for treatment and were later released. The child was released to her grandfather.
The driver is facing charges for “Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15-years-old or younger (Leandra’s Law), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Drunk driving is still a major problem on U.S. roadways despite decades of hard work carried out by law enforcement and safety advocacy groups to teach the public about the dangers and risks involved in driving under the influence. Despite a great deal of progress being made, many people still get behind the wheel after drinking.
Of course, drinking alcohol before driving greatly increases the chance of being involved in a collision. Even with a blood alcohol content that is below the legal limit of .08 percent alcohol by volume a person’s driving abilities can be impacted. This is why a person can be charged with an alcohol-related driving offense even if he or she has a blood alcohol content that is less than .08 percent.
If you plan to drink alcohol, it is important to have a designated driver, use a ride share service, or otherwise avoid getting behind the wheel.
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