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On June 20, 2015, in the 7900 block of Hollister Avenue, near Las Armas Road and Sandpiper Golf Club, a Lexus LS400 was found mangled just before midnight. Michael Moore, 26, was found in his vehicle and had to be extricated and transported to the hospital with critical injuries; he later succumbed to his injuries. CHP say a combination of alcohol, speed and no seat belt kept him from reaching his destination. Moore had spent the day with friends at the beach and chose to drive home, which was about two miles away from where his vehicle was found. Authorities say Moore was going about 80 mph on Hollister near Cathedral Oaks when he lost control of his car and struck a tree.
Mary Ann Moore, mother of Michael, spoke before a crowd just two months later to instill the importance of not driving and driving. Moore said that her son made the decision to get in the car that night even though she had once told him to call her if he had ever been drinking.
Mary Anne goes on to express, “speaking up would be worth it to prevent another mother from being woken up in the middle of the night by your brother and the sheriff, to tell you your son’s not coming home ever again.” Sheriff Bill Brown and District Attorney Joyce Dudley also spoke, urging people not to get behind the wheel after drinking.
According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk report, statistics show one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States involve drivers impaired by alcohol, more than 10,000 people across the nation were killed in these types of crashes in 2013. One in five child passenger deaths were in drunken-driving crashes. The median blood alcohol level of someone convicted of DUI in 2012 was 0.16 percent, which is twice the level at which a person is considered drunk under the law
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