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Drinking and Driving: Never a Good Combination

Recent tales of tragedy once again demonstrate the dangers of drinking and then getting behind the wheel.

Item:  18 year-old Ihor M. Sahan of St. Francis is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two counts of misdemeanor causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle after traveling at 74 mph and slamming his car into a parked Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department squad car on Interstate 94 in Brookfield.  The who suffered massive brain trauma and was not wearing a seat belt.  

Item: 29 year-old Jaron S. Omon of Port Washington is sentenced to 9 years in prison for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the   Ozaukee County Sheriff’s reports state that Omron lost control of his car in the Town of Grafton. The vehicle left the pavement and struck a tree. Phillips, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle.

Two tales of tragedy with a familiar common denominator: drinking and driving. Unfortunately, we see the results of this deadly combination all-too-often.  However, in light of extreme cases such as these, it’s important for all of us to again think about the importance of not driving after drinking. 

It only takes a matter of seconds, one swerve of the wheel, one slip on the gas pedal to result in a crash that can kill or severely injure a person, changing their life for the worse, forever.

Now, with the holiday season fast approaching, there will be an abundance of opportunities to drink more than one normally might. ‘Tis the season to maybe have more than one or two drinks before shrugging it off and getting behind the wheel. In far too many cases, people may not realize how much they’ve had to drink or how many drinks will result in surpassing the legal .08 blood alcohol limit.

If you are at a party and decide to have a couple glasses of wine, a couple beers or drinks, the safest approach to take is to simply not drive. If you have any doubt about whether you’ve had too much to drink, hand the keys to somebody else or call a cab.  The cost of waiting for someone to pick you up or getting a cab will be much less than the cost of an OWI.

There’s no way you can ever justify the cost of a human life.  Sleep it off, get a hotel, get a cab. Wait for someone else to pick you up.  But don’t drive. Take a moment to truly learn from the tragic mistakes of others. The alternative is unthinkable.

Here’s wishing you and yours a peaceful, healthy and most joyous Holiday Season!

About Attorney Mark Powers
Attorney Mark Powers is a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. in Waukesha. Previously, Powers served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Waukesha County District Attorney's office as well as a municipal judge in North Prairie. He currently focuses in the area of criminal defense, and has handled many cases involving operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, domestic disputes, and drug offenses.

Powers attended Valparaiso University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate. Prior to law school, Mark attended the University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse where he received his bachelor of science in Political Science.

For more information, please visit www.waukeshacriminalattorneys.com.

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Scott November 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I would describe this post as an ad wrapped up to look like a public service announcement. It's all the rage these days.
Avenging Angel November 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Out of the mouth of Babes: My grandson and I play a game while we are in the car. It's called "Drunk, or on the Phone?". While travelling East on Six Mile one day, the person ahead of us was having trouble keeping it between the lines. I looked over at my Grandson and said "Drunk, or on the phone?". He said "Wow, she's really driving bad. Must be on the phone.". Drinking is bad enough, but isn't it sad that we have to worry more about people on the phone than drunks? Why? Because there are way more people on the phone.

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