It’s unfortunate when we still have to report on suspected alcohol-related crashes in this day and age. After all, with all the public service efforts aimed at stopping the act, not to mention the sheer irresponsibility of it, it’s tragic and yet incredible that anyone would choose to drive under the influence. Yet, just recently, a suspected DUI-related accident has left the San Diego community saddened and simply shaking their heads in disbelief.

Reports indicate that a 77-year-old woman allegedly driving under the influence collided with another vehicle off the El Camino Real Bridge. The woman, driving a GMC Envoy, hit a guard rail from an overcorrected turn. The driver in question swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a Mazda Miata head-on, officials said. The impact pushed the Miata through the guardrail, leaving it dangling over the bridge.

Incredibly, the Mazda Miata was not entirely pushed off the bridge. Instead, its engine compartment was hanging into the dry river.

According to reports, it took 20 minutes for firefighters to free the driver and passenger from the Miata. The woman in question had to be cut free as her vehicle became severely crumpled under the impact. Serious injuries were reported although the details are unclear. One person’s injuries were considered to be life-threatening, however, according to officials.

The driver in question has been suspected of drinking and driving.

ALCOHOL-RELATED INJURY ACCIDENTS: FRONT & CENTER

The truth is that we’ve published hundreds of blog posts on drinking and driving. We’ve doled out hundreds of tips to help drivers stay on the right side of the law – not to mention preventing injury and death as well. The bottom line is that no matter how many tips are suggested, it ultimately boils down to YOU. Only YOU have the power to stop drinking and driving in its tracks.

Here’s a reality check:

Did you know that alcohol-related crashes are often related to some of the most severe types of injuries such as spinal cord injury, brain injury and paralysis? Seriously, what if your life was completely changed and you had to depend on someone for the most basic care? Imagine not being able to walk, smile, talk or even breathe the way you do right now while reading this post. YOU have the power to make the right choice behind the wheel.

If you get into an accident, think about what might happen to the other person. Here’s the thing: you may feel invincible, but what about the potential of what could happen to someone else? What if you caused permanent injury to a child? A mom? A dad? Sister? Brother? Now, think if some other driver caused permanent injury to your child, mom, dad, sister or brother? It’s senseless. It’s completely sad and unnecessary. Hopefully, you agree.

It may sound inconvenient to preplan your night, but is it really? Seriously, how many so-called optional things do we do on a daily basis that uses our precious time? Facebook, Twitter and watching TV are just some of the ways we spend our hours – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Consider using just a few minutes of your time to preplan your night. Find a reliable DD, schedule a cab (it’s actually so easy) or plan how to host your party so that guests stay safe and sober.

Our intent is not to necessarily guilt you into doing the right thing or preaching to you to do the right thing. Nevertheless, let us be the voice of reason for you. Only YOU can do the right thing. Read that one more time: Only YOU can do the right thing.

Let’s make this holiday season bright. Drink and be merry – and be safe while you’re at it.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2015.

 

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