Just before Christmas, a horrific accident in Kennewick, Washington, reminded us just how dangerous the season can be for drivers.
A semi truck driver ran a red light while traveling on Highway 395, crashing into a car. The 57-year-old driver behind the wheel of the truck was drunk, according to authorities. And he failed to stop at a red light at Hildebrand Boulevard, hitting a Dodge Neon. Thankfully, the 49-year-old driver in the Dodge didn’t suffer major injuries.
Authorities booked the truck driver into jail on suspicion of vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run.
As we noted before, the holiday season is dangerous to drivers everywhere. Because so many drivers are hitting the road, and many are driving to parties and other events, DUI driving also becomes a major risk. To avoid an accident, you must be responsible and follow the law.
Officials across the state are urging drivers to find a ride if they are going out to drink and have fun on New Year’s Eve. Either use services like Lyft or Uber, or hail a taxi cab. You may also have a designated driver if you’re going to drink, however, never sit behind the wheel if you are intoxicated. Even if you just had a little to drink and think you’re OK — you’re not.
Drinking, like distracted driving, makes drivers more likely to crash. When intoxicated, a driver’s motor skills are delayed. The same happens when you’re distracted. As a result, drivers will be more likely to ignore risks ahead.
As we enter the new year, we must vow to become better, more conscious, and more alert drivers. We must remember that it is our responsibility to help keep roads safe. Part of that is to never drive while drunk or distracted.
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