Wednesday, July 8, 2009

TV Actress Caught DUI on Fourth of July Weekend

If you’ve ever seen an episode or a rerun of the ‘80s sitcom of the late John Ritter, Three’s Company then surely you would know or at least be familiar with Joyce DeWitt, who portrayed the character of Janet Wood in the TV show.

Well apparently, during the Independence Day weekend festivities, Ms. DeWitt got a little too intoxicated to be good company.

The 60 year old actress was arrested in El Segundo on Saturday afternoon on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

According to the CHP, last year 1,684 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. 41 died on the road during the Fourth of July celebration last year.

This year, state authorities have prepared well for drunken celebrants and made sure to have DUI checkpoints.

According to a TMZ report, law enforcement sources said that DeWitt got caught DUI when she drove past a barricade. When an officer approached her, he detected the scent of alcohol on her.

The actress was reportedly given field sobriety tests and then arrested for suspicion of DUI. DeWitt posted bail for $5,000.

Most people tend to see holidays and occasions as an excuse to drink unlimitedly. After all, who wants to be a spoilsport or a wet blanket?

Unfortunately, there really is no excuse for drinking and driving. Alcohol consumption is a deadly choice not just for the driver but also for his passengers and for other motorists and pedestrians who may just happen to be at the wrong place and at the wrong time.

Fortunately for DeWitt, the authorities were able to keep her in custody even before she can make a fatal mistake that would change so many lives.

Authorities recognize that the only way to drink during the occasion is to have a designated driver who is sober. Going behind the wheel even if you feel you’re fine or just took a couple of drinks is still a risk.

DeWitt knew the risk but still proceeded to drive while under the influence. So now she’s paid ($5,000 bail) and will most likely pay for it with bad publicity and a possible negative impact on her career.