Rick Springfield DUI arrest spotlights risk of drunken driving
(CBS) Rick Springfield got famous performing his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl," but the 61-year-old singer reportedly didn't perform so well on a recent sobriety test - and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Springfield blew a 0.08 and a 0.10 on a breathalyzer after being pulled over by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Saturday night, gossip site TMZ reported.
The legal limit in California is 0.08.
Springfield's arrest spotlights the country's continuing problem with impaired driving.
In 2009, more than 1.4 million motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, and 10,839 people were killed in car accidents in which alcohol played a role. That's a whopping one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What steps can individuals take to stay safe behind the wheel?
-Don't drive after drinking - designate a non-drinker when out with a group.
-If a friend tries to drive after drinking, take away his/her keys.
-If you've been drinking and no designated driver is available, get a ride home or call a taxi.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on impaired driving.
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