Earlier in October, reports concerning a tragic wrong way crash flooded news reports across the state. The Interstate 90 accident, Washington State Patrol officers say, happened because of an intoxicated driver. As a result of the collision, an innocent man died.
In order to address this problem, which continues to be one of the most common factors in deadly crashes not only in Washington, the Washington State Patrol decided to act.
Now, law enforcement officials are urging drivers across the state to remember that drinking and driving continues to put too many lives in danger.
According to the agency and the Traffic Safety Commission, drivers who are too drunk to drive may feel like they won’t be able to make it home quickly enough if they catch a cab instead of driving their own car home. That’s why both agencies are coming together to urge Spokane to create more cab parking in regions with a greater concentration of bars.
Climbing behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can expose you, your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers to deadly risks.
In order to avoid similar accidents like the one that killed the innocent driver involved with the wrong way crash, drivers should have a plan.
Relying on taxi cab services or ride sharing services to get home safe when you had one too many alcoholic drinks could be the best way to avoid accidents. To WSP officers, it’s simple. Drivers should make these decisions long before they drink. Accidents like the one we discussed in this article should not be a regular occurrence, yet, it still happens much too often.
Having ride sharing apps or the number of cab companies ready on your phone could help drivers who are planning on going out to drink, but having a designated driver ready to take you home in case you’re planning to party could also be a great way to avoid accidents.
During the holidays, more drivers are exposed to the intoxicated driving threat.
If you’re planning on attending a Halloween party this week, remember that many kids might be trick or treating the neighborhood. Drinking and driving, especially on Halloween, could expose countless children to auto accident risks.
If you’re a driver, remember that drinking and driving alone is not the only threat to your safety and the safety of others. Distracted driving is also an issue. If you’re serious about safety and avoiding accidents, drunken and distracted driving shouldn’t be part of your routine.