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Officer Prior on Driving Under the Influence

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With a new teen or adult getting a driver’s licence every day, some may not handle their new privilege in a responsible way. According to Learn-About-Alcoholism.com, teenage drunk driving kills eight teens everyday.

Officer Eric Prior, an officer for the Carlsbad Police Department and school resource officer for LCC, spoke about his experiences with young drivers.

“I’ve been working for 20 years and there had been numerous drunk drivers,’ Prior said. “Unfortunately every part of the State of California has drunk drivers so it’s not a new problem in fact it’s a problem that keeps emphasizing time and time again. It’s not a question of if people are going to die- it’s a matter of when.” 

California is one of the most populated states in the U.S with millions of drivers on the road everyday. However, teens may not realize how common drunk driving is for their generation.

“Drunk driving is more common than it should be,” Prior said. “What I mean by that is that teens are actually pretty good about learning new laws. I’ve seen that teens are much better about wearing their seatbelts than adults, however for some reason they are not learning from DUIs therefore making it much more common than it should be.”

Alcohol is one of the many mind-altering distractions for a driver. Prior warned against the dangers of distracted driving.

“Cell phones are a huge problem with drivers and studies have shown whether you’re texting while driving or using your cell phone while driving it is just as bad as a DUI as far as accidents go,” Prior said. “So whatever it is it can wait.”

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