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In 2011, a Newport Beach accident involving a drunk driver left Crystal Morales, then a senior at Newport Harbor High School, in a coma with a traumatic brain injury. When she returned to school about three months after the crash, she was given assignments but not required to turn them in and her grades quickly started improving, in one class from a D to an A-. In her opinion, the school’s staff gave her a pass to graduate, cheating her out of a quality education. Now she’s suing the school, requesting that Newport-Mesa Unified School District invalidate her diploma and allow her to re-do the last few months of her senior year.

In court papers filed in response to the lawsuit, the school district indicated that Morales’ mother, Gloria, refused an assessment for special education for her daughter after the Newport Beach accident and was adamant that her daughter graduate with a high school diploma, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The elder Morales said, “that she didn’t understand what her daughter would miss out on by graduating.”

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Between backyard parties, festivals, and barbecues, we may find ourselves drinking more than usual during the summer. This is especially true on the season’s holidays, first Memorial Day then the Fourth of July and finally the quickly approaching unofficial end of summer, Labor Day. Unfortunately, at these times the line between celebration and tragedy is dangerously thin-and can be crossed the instant a drunk driver turns the key in the ignition.

Year after year, summer ends in death on our roads and highways, with alcohol-involved crashes claiming more than 750 lives over the last five Labor Day weekends. In California, the most current Office of Traffic Safety accident statistics indicate that driving while under the influence killed 34 people and injured another 1,894 on Labor Day weekend in 2011.

The victims of drunk driving accidents are often innocent motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists: 35 percent of the more than 10,000 people who die in DUI crashes every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Fewer people were caught while driving drunk or involved in fatal car accidents on Orange County roads over the July 4th weekend. Compared to the five-day anti-DUI crackdown last year, when law enforcement participating in the Avoid the 38 campaign arrested 247 people for driving under the influence and there were 2 DUI deaths, 214 individuals were arrested between July 3rd and July 6th and no alcohol-related fatalities were recorded this year. The next Avoid DUI campaign will begin August 17th and end after Labor Day weekend.

A time when friends and family unite for barbeques and parties, summer holiday weekends can turn tragic when drivers forget not to take the wheel after drinking. According to the California Highway Patrol’s most current crash data, 33 people lost their lives and 2,152 were injured in collisions that occurred on July 4, 2011.

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Did you notice a lot of police cars patrolling the streets over Memorial Day weekend? Well, there were, as officers representing 38 Orange County law enforcement agencies joined forces to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Campaign. After conducting four DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, seven Special DUI Saturation Patrols, and numerous routine patrols, authorities arrested a total of 226 people for driving under the influence, 10 more than last year.

The California Highway Patrol’s most current records indicate that 2,816 people lost their lives on the road in 2011. Collisions involving a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher increased from 774 in 2011 to 802 in 2012. Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest times to be driving, with traffic accidents claiming 29 lives and injuring 1,818 people in 2011.

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