Earlier this year in January, a very tragic San Diego DUI case made headlines after a 26-year-old man and a carful of his friends were tragically involved in a high-speed accident, killing three of the men inside. According to the La Jolla Patch (5/21/2015), a bartender who served the men alcohol the night the accident occurred has come forward to share the events that happened that night.
The bartender testified that the men were “visibly wasted” and she had offered the driver a car service which was adamantly declined, she alleged.
Later that same evening, despite alleged hours of drinking, the men left the bar and piled into an SUV. The driver in question approached a transition ramp near the 52 and the 805 freeways in San Diego, speeding along the way. One of the surviving passengers testified that the driver in question began to laugh when he sped up his vehicle; the men inside asked him to slow down just before the accident occurred. Just moments later, the driver lost control of his vehicle, causing the SUV to flip over five times, killing three people at the scene of the accident.
The driver in question survived. Officials say his blood alcohol content (BAC) was between .13 and .19 at the time of the crash. In addition, the driver was also alleged to have smoked marijuana the night the accident occurred.
Prior to that fateful night at the bar, the driver in question and his companions were said to have been drinking at home and later drinking at a second bar where they were kicked out for being too rowdy, reports indicate.
DUI accidents are a senseless tragedy and our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of all involved in this very sad car accident case.
DRINKING & DRIVING… & YOU
Too many young drivers believe they’re indestructible. Unfortunately, in many cases, drinking and driving falls into that same category of invincibility. The naiveté of youth suggests that young people can do anything – even when it comes to drinking and driving. Sadly, many young people think they can drink and drive because they “can handle their alcohol.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let’s take a look at what the statistics say. When it comes to drunken driving, data suggests that there has been little improvement in the percentage of alcohol-related traffic accidents from 2001 to 2010 according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, although there has been a slight decrease of alcohol-related highway accidents from 2008 to 2010. Hopefully, these numbers will continue to decline.
Despite the promising data, too many alcohol-related accidents occur on a daily basis. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, three people are killed every 2 hours on account of drunken driving. That figure is just too startling for anyone to ignore.
It’s time to make a serious change.
We urge all San Diegans to be responsible, diligent and proactive drivers this summer – and for the rest of their lives! It’s never been more important to drive safely and soberly. Please, make good decisions as a driver and do the right thing. Everyone’s life depends on it.
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