Drunk Driving Accident
The Super Bowl offers the chance for one of the biggest parties of the year, even when both teams’ “home turf” is all the way across the country. If you plan to watch the game and celebrate with friends this Sunday, you can help protect yourself and others from car accidents caused by drunk driving by following a few simple steps.
First, decide on a sober way to get home before you leave for a party or sports bar. Choose a designated driver, arrange for a cab, or make sure you can get home on public transportation or by foot. Not only will you help protect yourself by staying off the road, but you’ll help protect others by keeping one more impaired driver off the streets if you end up having one drink too many. Read the rest »
Four 17-year-old boys and one 16-year-old girl traveling down Interstate 5 near Tukwila suffered injuries when a driver heading the wrong way on the interstate crashed headfirst into their car. Investigators say the wrong-way driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the head-on collision.
The four teens were driving south on I-5 near the I-405 intersection near Tukwila when the accident occurred. Their car, a Hyundai Elantra, was hit by a Honda Accord driven by a 26-year-old man from Seattle. The older driver had apparently gotten on I-5 heading in the wrong direction, and was speeding northward when he slammed into the teenagers who were on the southbound side of the highway. Read the rest »
The increased patrols are being put on the roads in response to the yearly increase in drunk driving-related accidents over summer holidays, including Labor Day. During these times, motorists and their passengers are more likely to get in a crash caused by a drunk driver, because there are more people—including more people who choose to drive while intoxicated—on Washington roads. The accidents drunk drivers can cause may cause serious injury or even death. Nearly 11,000 people die in drunk driving accidents nationwide each year, and thousands more suffer permanent injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Read the rest »
Thousands of teenagers are killed in drunk-driving accidents every year. The hard truth is that motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers, and 28 percent of 15–20-year-old drivers killed in auto crashes in 2005 had been drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drinking-and-driving accidents may peak during the holidays and school breaks, when teens have a lot of free time while parents are at work or busy with holiday preparations. The question is: How can you, as a parent, prevent what could lead to a personal and family tragedy? Read the rest »
Happy Holidays! I hope that you and your family are eagerly anticipating a joyful season with plenty of time together. I also urge you to keep safe during this busy time and thought I’d pass along some important holiday safety tips.
- Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. Read the rest »
Three in ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident at some time in their lives.
More than 30% of all auto accident fatalities in the United States involve drivers impaired by alcohol. An accident related to drunk driving happens every 45 minutes in the U.S., killing more than 10,000 people and injuring over 250,000 annually. Read the rest »