Hudson Valley residents weigh in on not guilty verdict in Kerry Kennedy drugged-driving trial

A not guilty verdict was handed down by a jury Friday in the drugged-driving trial of Kerry Kennedy. (2/28/14)

WHITE PLAINS - Hudson Valley residents are discussing the not guilty verdict that was handed down by a jury Friday in the drugged-driving trial of Kerry Kennedy.

Some residents said Kennedy wasn't convicted because of her powerful family name.

Many residents said they were concerned about the sleep medicine, Ambien, that Kennedy had mistakenly taken instead of her thyroid medicine on the day of the incident.

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Dr. Deborah Cappell, who heads the Lawrence Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine in Eastchester, says Ambien can have profound effects on people.

"A lot of people find when they take this, they don't remember what they've done," she says. "You really want to take this and just go to bed."

Cappell warns drivers not to get behind the wheel for eight hours after taking Ambien.

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