Drivers may find the idea that drunken driving is still hard to believe, and we agree. At this point, we would think that drivers are more aware of the risks associated with the practice. Still, many are completely oblivious of the risks and will put themselves and others in danger as a result.
Still, too many accidents happen because drivers are intoxicated.
In Marysville, Washington, a suspected drunken driver collided head-on against another vehicle on Sunday. What’s most concerning is that the accident happened just as another driver was contacting the authorities to report on the driver’s behavior.
The accident happened in the morning.
Reports show the driver was traveling south on Highway 9 near 84th Street NW in a gray car when he allowed his vehicle to cross the center line. As a result, the car traveled into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on against an oncoming SUV. A driver following behind the driver who crossed the center line was on the phone with 911 reporting on the driver when the accident happened.
Troopers arrived at the scene promptly, taking the man into custody. No injuries were immediately reported.
We’re glad that neither the DUI driver nor any of the other occupants in the second vehicle were injured as a result of this accident. But we’re saddened that the driver was acting erratically, allowing irresponsibility to take over.
Coll SR9 & 84th. Gray 🚗 was SB when it crossed centerline and hit SUV. Driver of gray 🚗 under arrest for DUI. No injuries to occupants. pic.twitter.com/IQOnYvOVak
— Trooper Kelsey Harding (@wspd7pio) August 6, 2017
We hope that other Washington drivers are learning from this accident by making sure they are not drinking and driving. They should also keep in mind that intoxicated driving is not the only risk. Distractions may have a similar effect as drivers won’t be able to respond to emergencies promptly, which is what happens when drivers are intoxicated as well.
If you’re curious to know more about this accident and what happened to the drivers involved, follow this link for more details.