The impaired driving fatalities continue to rise as a suspected drunken driver hit two pedestrians in an east valley accident, early Christmas morning (AZ Central 12/25/2010). One of the victims was pronounced dead while the other one suffered serious injuries.
The officer in charge of the investigation says that the driver, a 34 year old woman, hit the two pedestrians as they were making their way across a street in the early morning. The driver then crashed her Chevy Avalanche SUV into a traffic signal after the pedestrian accident, suffering only minor injuries.
This case is yet another to add to the numerous drunk driving fatalities that occur every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2009 there were 10,102 drivers that reached or exceeded the blood alcohol content limit of .08 percent who were involved in fatal crashes, taking away 10,839 lives. This year MADD predicts we will again lose at least that many lives if not more.
On a local scale, of all drivers involved in a fatal car accident in Arizona, 202 had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, killing 219 people.
This holiday season, authorities are out in extra force taking impaired drivers off the roads. This New Year’s Eve, make it a safe one. If you plan on drinking, please arrange for a sober ride home. AAA Arizona is offering their free tipsy tow service from 6pm tonight until 6am on Saturday. Drivers unfit to get behind the wheel can call 1-800-AAA-HELP, ask for a “tipsy tow,” and a tow truck will arrive to take them and their car to their home.
As Phoenix accident attorneys, we understand how important it is for negligent drivers to take responsibility of the harm they have caused. For victims of drunken drivers, we are always available to give you your free consultation. You can reach us at (602) 267-1280.