Gina Kirschenheiter should consider investing in a personal driver. The Real Housewives of Orange County star was pulled over for driving while using a cellphone – days after police busted her for a DUI.
Kirschenheiter was pulled over and charged for driving under the influence on February 1. She is scheduled to appear in court to answer for her crime next month. Shortly after the arrest, the RHOC star issued a public apology on Instagram, vowing to avoid making such a “stupid” decision ever again.
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I honestly believe that some issues no matter how great and important are truly only a part of our awareness once we are personally effected by them. For me….what happened this week is that issue. It’s amazing how in the course of less than a week you can realize the full extent of allowing people into your every day life and how the opinions of everyone watching can run from incredibly chastising to extremely supportive. Bad choices have bad consequences. Mine are magnified bc I chose to share my life with you on a very public stage. Those who are a part of my real life gave me words of encouragement and love knowing the content of my character and the love in my heart. As embarrassed and hard on myself as I’ve been in these past few days, I’ve been shocked by the astonishing amount of “it could have happened to anyone” and “we’ve all been there” that I’ve received through friends both close to me and on social media. I could easily join in with the chorus saying “you’re right, it could be any of us” but it shouldn’t be any of us. EVER ! It’s terrible that this has become a social norm. I am disappointed in myself and that I am a part of this social norm. Especially since everyone who knows me knows I’m the queen of Uber/Lyft. This didn’t happen to me. I wasn’t “unlucky” I made a conscious decision to do something epically stupid. One time is one time too many. I am awake now. I can promise this will NEVER BE ME again. To all of you who wrote me with pain in their hearts about how drinking and driving has had a negative impact on them and their families, I hear you. Thank you. I make this promise to each one of you with your messages in my heart…. I am committed to this cause and hope to effect a positive change and dialogue. You don’t have to believe me with these words, but I hope over time you will see through my actions.
“I am disappointed in myself and that I am a part of this social norm,” she stated. “This didn’t happen to me. I wasn’t ‘unlucky’ I made a conscious decision to do something epically stupid.”
After referring to herself as the queen of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, the reality star admitted that driving while drunk is unacceptable. She also assured fans that she will never get in a car and drive after a night of drinking.
Despite the scare, officers busted Kirschenheiter for using her phone while driving last week. According to Page Six, an officer issued the reality star a $160 fine for breaking traffic laws, which is a light fine considering her previous violations. Unfortunately, her run-ins with the law do not end there.
The RHOC star was caught running a stop sign last month. Officers issued her a $238 ticket for the infraction. At this rate, Kirschenheiter should really consider going with Uber of Lyft full time if she wants to keep her license.
Kirschenheiter has not commented on her latest ticket. Kirschenheiter joined the Real Housewives of Orange County in Season 13 and is expected to return for another drama-filled year next season.
Production for the new season of the Real Housewives of Orange County is reportedly under way. It is unclear if the DUI and subsequent tickets will be featured on the new season, but there is a good chance that Gina Kirschenheiter’s co-stars will bring it up at some point.
The Real Housewives of Orange County is expected to return to Bravo sometime this summer.