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Drunken driving puts yourself, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk of serious bodily harm. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a Massachusetts drunken driving accident, you know all too well the physical, emotional and financial burdens that a single accident can impose in just the blink of an eye. According to the National Commission Against Drunk Driving, individuals who drink and drive injure approximately 250,000 people each year. Because most instances of drunk driving go undetected by law enforcement, we are at an unacceptable risk of sharing the road with intoxicated drivers.
One case of drunk driving was uncovered in the late evening hours of January 31st near Troy, Michigan. Kerry Anne Hays, age 34, was arrested after police were called to the scene of an accident. Hays had rear-ended another vehicle. Immediately, police officers smelled intoxicants on her breath, and proceeded to administer a breathalyzer test. Her blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.
Most astonishingly, Hays was not alone in her vehicle. She had been driving with her 6-year-old son in the vehicle. Police were forced to arrest the woman, and her son was released to family members.
Hays has been arraigned on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and child endangerment. She was released on bond, and is expected back in court in early March.
People make bad choices. This young mother made a mistake, and fortunately no one was physically injured in the process. Still, her mistake could have cost her son and others on the road a lot more.