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Pasadena man gets 10-year prison term for DUI crash

Published On: 11-16-2017 in Category: alcohol addiction

Pasadena man sentenced for 10 years for DUI crash

A 27-year-old Pasadena man on Oct. 30, 2017 was sentenced to 10 years in state prison on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter involving a DUI-related car crash, which killed an infant on the Pasadena Freeway in Elysian Park in November 2016. According to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, in August 2017, Jared Hale Lynch Silvestri admitted to driving under the influence with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content.

According to media reports, Silvestri was driving at a breakneck speed when his VW Jetta rammed into a Chrysler near the freeway, killing three-month-old Melanie Brown, who was in the Chrysler along with another nine-year-old girl and her grandmother. The infant died later in a hospital. Both Brown’s grandmother and the nine-year-old girl suffered minor injuries. Silvestri was arrested by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and has remained in jail since then.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 32,000 people lose their lives and two million suffer serious injuries on an annual basis due to road rages and car crashes. In 2013, the death rate from car crashes in the U.S. was more than twice the average of other high-income nations worldwide. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a big problem not only in the state of California, but across the country. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion. Binge or heavy drinkers are generally known to be the cause of most fatal cases of alcohol-impaired driving.

Ensuring safety on California’s roads

Traditionally in American society, men were twice more likely to indulge in binge drinking than women. However, nowadays, it has become more socially acceptable for woman to drink more and Pasadena is not an exception. Apart from drugs and alcohol, even certain prescription medicines can impair faculties such as psychomotor skills, memory, judgment and reflex time. Road rages due to people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is emerging as one of the biggest threats to personal safety nationwide. Here are some effective time-tested strategies to curb drunk driving:

  • Installing checkpoints to determine sobriety levels: Enabling police to stop vehicles and conduct breath tests on drivers at designated points will help curb the menace of drunk driving.
  • Enforcing zero tolerance laws: Strict enforcement of the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years and the maximum legal BAC level of 0.08 percent can promote road safety.
  • Conducting media campaigns to build awareness: Educational initiatives such as media campaigns can go a long way in reminding people of the deadly consequences of DUI.
  • Introducing laws to cancel or suspend licenses: Police should be empowered to use such laws at their discretion to prevent future DUI incidents on the roads.
  • Installing compulsory ignition interlocks in vehicles: Mandating interlocks for all DUI offenders will ensure a significant impact and reduce DUI cases.

Leading an alcohol-free life

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Pasadena Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 626-788-9844 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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