UC San Diego Trauma Division joined Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD), SD Sheriffs and Police Departments, and SD District Attorney and County Probation to kick off the 2011 holiday drunk driving crackdown at a media event on November 16, 2011 at Pacific Nissan in Pacific Beach.
Nationally in 2009, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, 879 people were killed by drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In total that same year, nearly 11,000 people were killed and more than 350,000 people were injured in drunk driving collisions.
Dr. Jeanne Lee, MD, FACS, Trauma Surgeon, UC San Diego Trauma Division, spoke to the media on the regional trauma centers’ role in caring for patients that have sustained life threatening injuries due to drinking and driving, and having to console the families whose loved ones have been injured or killed in collisions where drivers are impaired. Behind Dr. Lee are Bonnie Dumanis, SD County District Attorney, Lawrence McKinney, Assistant Police Chief, Mack Jenkins, SD County Chief of Probation, and Sheriff William Gore, SD County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Lee urged everyone to pledge to drive safe and sober this holiday season. Along with the speakers in these photos that described the tremendous health, safety, and financial consequences of drunk driving, Michele Eastland, a victim whose family member was killed by a drunk driver, described her devastating experience of losing a loved one and in such a tragic and preventable way.
Gabriella Riviello, RN, BSN, CNP, UC San Diego Trauma Division, demonstrated the ignition interlock device, a mechanism that works like a breathalyzer to measure breath alcohol content BrAC). Many states require that the interlock be installed in the vehicle’s dashboard after a DUI citation; preventing the car from starting if breath alcohol is detected. To prevent others from breathing into the device and over-riding the ignition lock, the driver is asked to repeat the test after driving for a few minutes. California is piloting the device with DUI offenders in several counties and will likely expand the program.
Jan Ferree, MA, UC San Diego’s Trauma & Burn Prevention Coordinator, Eloisa Orozco, MA, Executive Director, MADD San Diego, Gabriella Riviello, RN, BSN, CNP, UC San Diego Trauma Division
Mack Jenkins, SD County Chief of Probation, Gabriella Riviello, RN, BSN, CNP, UC San Diego Trauma Division, Survivor Bonnie Dumanis, SD County District Attorney, Jeanne Lee, MD, FACS,UC San Diego Trauma Division
Gabriella Riviello, RN, BSN, CNP, UC San Diego Trauma Division, Nina Walker, MADD National Board Member & Victim, Jeanne Lee, MD, FACS, UC San Diego Trauma Division, Dennis Kim, MD, Fellow, UC San Diego Trauma Division