Mom charged with DUI after being reported from her car by her 11-year-old son
Thanks to our schooling, countless advertising campaigns and the work of several non-for-profit organisations, we have been thoroughly schooled on the dangers of drink driving. As a result, those who choose to drive vehicles over the legal alcohol limit, despite knowing about the consequences of doing so are facing more and more severe punishment for their crimes.
In the U.S.A., 28 people die every day in car crashes that involve a driver who is over the legal alcohol limit. This is, shockingly, one death every 51 minutes. And whilst the incidence of such accidents have vastly improved since the great anti-drink-driving marketing campaigns of the late 80s and 90s, there is still work to be done.
The most at-risk group for drink driving, is of course, young drivers. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that among drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2015, almost three in 10 (28 per cent) were between the ages of 21 and 24. This is in spite of the many educational campaigns that high schools run to inform young adults about such dangers.
The CDC has concluded that these school-based instructional initiatives are mainly effective at teaching young adults not to be in the same vehicle with drink-drivers. They assert that much more evidence is needed to determine whether the programmes are effective at reducing crashes related to driving whilst inebriated.
An unfortunate illustration of this happened this past Saturday, when an 11-year-old boy was forced to call the police on his mother, who was reportedly driving drunk.
According to local news authorities, a woman was reported for driving whilst drunk by her son. She was later arrested over the weekend in Washington County, Oregon.
Portland television station KPTV stated that at around 9:30 on Saturday evening, an 11-year-old child called into a police station, saying that his mother was driving drunk whilst he was in the car with her.
Washington County Sheriff's Office also posted an update on the situation on their Twitter account:
"Deputy Gilderson conducts DUII investigation after 11 year old boy calls 9-1-1 from car to report mom is driving drunk."
The 11-year-old child was not the only person to show concern over the woman's driving; two other people reported her to the police as well. The driver was subsequently identified as Nicole Norris. According to deputies from Washington County Sheriff's Office, she was arrested after failing a sobriety test.
Whilst it is incredibly unfortunate that the boy was forced to turn his own mother over to the authorities, his actions are highly commendable, and serve as a great example to drivers and passengers everywhere: no matter who it is, driving with someone who is under the influence is never worth the risk to your own personal wellbeing and safety.