As I was flipping through the dial last night, I happened to tune into the Larry King show. Tracey Gold, the actress – best known for her role as Carol Seaver on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains – was Larry’s guest. Tracey shared the frightening story of how she rolled her Yukon after drinking a couple of glasses of wine at a private party. Why the heck am I babbling about this? Because it could have easily been preventable through the use of technology, that’s why…
As a result, Tracey was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). She has since pled guilty to a felony drunken driving charge. Sentencing is slated for late March. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
While Tracey’s taken full responsibility for the incident in which her oldest son fractured his collarbone and husband fractured his neck, one point is clear. It was preventable. If Tracey had been aware that she was over the legal limit for alcohol, she would have not gotten behind the wheel of the hulking SUV.
Tracey did not know her driving would be impaired. She didn’t think that two glasses of wine would do it.