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Accused Drunk Driver Receives Charges

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According to ABC Fox Montana, a woman is facing multiple charges for drunk driving after an accident on the Vaughn South Frontage Road. The crash occurred when two trucks struck one another in a head-on collision. One of the vehicles, a Toyota pickup, did not stop at a stop sign at an intersection. When state troopers arrived, one passenger had a broken nose, loss of teeth, and a fractured arm. The driver of the opposing car had a facial laceration and arm injury. One of the drivers, Lorine Kohm, was being treated in an ambulance for minor injuries.

Court documents reveal that Kohm was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The article on ABC Fox Montana’s website said she smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and seemed confused. A later investigation corroborated this suspicion when a bottle or Rich & Rare “Canadian Whiskey” was found in her vehicle. After refusing to answer police questions and refusing to give a blood sample, Kohm was placed under arrest. Officials sought a warrant to procure a blood sample, but before the warrant was served, Kohm escaped.  Later, authorities found a marijuana pipe in her car with burnt marijuana remains.

Kohm was later charged with negligent vehicular assault, criminal endangerment, obstructing a peace officer, escape, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while suspended, no insurance, unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage, stop sign violation, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

We are reporting on this article because drunk driving continues to be a severe problem in the United States and especially in Montana. Each day, roughly 29 people are killed because of alcohol-impaired car accidents. This statistic amounts to about one person dying every 50 minutes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the deaths and damage done each year adds up to about $44 billion.  

Alcohol and drugs significantly impair your ability to drive. Both substances reduce the focus and function of the brain, a critical component of safe driving. While you drive, you have to make snap decisions and significant judgments. For example, if a car suddenly changes lanes without blinkering, you have to be able to react to such stimuli. The NHTSA points out that each gram above 0.08 grams in your blood, the likelihood of a person being involved in a crash increases exponentially.  The NHTSA gives a chart that demonstrates the typical and predictable effects on driving when blood alcohol concentration rises above the legal level. For instance, many of the results include reduced coordination, concentration, speed control, maintaining lane position and braking appropriately. Each of these is antithetical to good driving.

In Montana specifically, drunk driving continues to be a problem. The number of deaths because of drunk drivers is higher in Montana than the national average for almost all age groups.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of deaths by age per 100,00 of the population is 6.7 for ages 21-34 nationally. This number is 21.4 in Montana. Similarly, the percentage of adults who report driving after drinking too much in the last 30 days is 1.9 percent nationally and 3.4 percent in Montana.

At The Advocates Law Firm, we would like to strongly encourage people to avoid drunk driving at all costs. The risks are too high. Always choose a designated driver when you are drinking. Don’t worry about being a burden when asking for a ride. You can also help keep others safe by taking their keys if they try to drive after drinking. Although initially, they might be angry, it prevents a potentially catastrophic situation.

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