Individuals both young and old who have reached the legal age limit to drink are informed on a consistent basis that driving while drunk or even buzzed should be avoided at all costs. Not only is it illegal to drive with a BAC level of .08 or higher in KY, but even a minimal amount of alcohol can affect a person’s judgment as well as reduce their reaction time which is why so many drunk driving accidents occur.
Many people often assume that after consuming one or two drinks, they will still be able to drive, but the reality is, even one drink can do much more harm than you can even imagine. A recent collision in Louisville serves as a prime example of why you should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive after having consumed any amount of alcohol.
It was back at the beginning of June when 48-year-old Michelle Turiello of Louisville decided to drive her vehicle after having had two glasses of wine at a friend’s home in Prospect. At least that is what she told the police. After leaving the home, instead of making it back to her house or to her next destination, Turiello ended up colliding with another driver on KY Route 1039. When emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, they pronounced the driver of the other vehicle dead.
Police stated that when they approached Turiello she had watery, bloodshot eyes and her speech was slurred. Wave 3 reported that a “personal breathalyzer test indicated she had a strong presence of alcohol” and she told officers that she had no idea where she was or how she even got there. Turiello was eventually transported to St. Elizabeth Florence Hospital where treatment was rendered for the minor injuries she had sustained.
The source also reported that on June 7th, a cash bond was set at $500,000 and she posted a property bond for $250,000 on June 8th. Turiello was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and second-degree manslaughter. It has not yet been disclosed as to whether she has hired a Louisville, KY drunk driving accident attorney already or if she plans to retain an attorney in the future to represent her in her case.
The fact is, many individuals often fail to take into account just how risky and dangerous it is to operate a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol. And what’s worse is that those who get away with driving while intoxicated often do it again seeing that they did not serve any consequences the first time.
Unfortunately for Turiello, she is now facing some serious charges that could change her life forever. Not only does she have to live with the fact that she caused a fatal DUI accident, but if convicted of the crime, her record will indicate it which could impact her ability to find work or even reduce the opportunities available to her that once were a possibility.
So, rather than risk your life or that of anyone else, avoid driving while drunk. It will save you the trouble of having to hire a Kentucky DUI lawyer given you are caught and even allow you to carry on with your life knowing you made a responsible decision to not drink and drive.