Many people in New York are aware that drinking and driving do not mix. Yet many motorists continue to use alcohol before and while they operate their vehicles. With the number of alcohol-related accidents steadily increasing, drivers should educate themselves on the dangers of alcohol and how its use can affect their driving skills. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., drunk driving was committed by more than 29.1 million people in 2012. Drunk driving accidents impact two-thirds of motorists at least once in their lifetime.
Despite laws against driving while drinking or impaired by other intoxicants, impaired drivers continue to pose safety risks to everyone on the road. Medical expenses and other hardships confront people injured in these accidents caused by drunk drivers.
On Jan. 18, a drunk driver killed a 19-year-old man and injured the teen's 18-year-old girlfriend. The couple was struck while they were leaving the parking lot of a shopping and entertainment complex in Syracuse after a date at a restaurant there. Following the fatal car accident, the 38-year-old man who hit the couple received a slew of criminal charges including driving while intoxicated, first-degree vehicular manslaughter and first-degree vehicular assault.
A two-vehicle crash in New York critically injured one driver and seriously injured two others on Dec. 8 when one vehicle hit the other head on. Multiple firefighting units were on hand to assist sheriff's deputies at the crash site, and officials indicated that alcohol was involved.
Investigators with the Suffolk County Police reported that both drivers were killed in a head-on wrong-way collision that occurred in East Farmingdale on Nov. 23. Authorities reported that the accident occurred around 11 p.m. on Route 109 in the eastbound lanes of the highway.
According to a report, an auto-pedestrian accident in Rochester on Oct. 19 injured two men. Rochester police believe that a drunken driver caused the crash. The police stated that the accident occurred at about 2 a.m. when a 21-year-old Fairport woman driving eastbound on Park Avenue apparently lost control of her vehicle and struck a pair of men who were walking eastbound on a sidewalk. The pedestrians, who were both 23-years-old, were not seriously injured in the accident.
New Yorkers may have heard the tragic news that a drunk driver has caused the death of two Bard College students while they were walking along Route 9G near Broadway and West Kerley Corners Road in Tivoli Village. A group of people were walking southbound on Route 9G when three of them were struck by a car also travelling southbound. After the pedestrian accident, the car left the scene but was located a short time later and the driver was arrested. Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Friday at around 11:50 p.m. and discovered two dead victims and another victim who was injured in the accident.
New York State is getting tough on drivers that use cell phones or text while operating their vehicles. During a summer crackdown, officers issued more than 21,500 tickets this year, as opposed to about 5,000 citations last year. Now drivers in New York who talk on cell phones or text are subject to fines of $150.
As many New York City residents know, one of the most dangerous things a driver can do is drive while intoxicated. Despite widespread knowledge of this fact, drivers continue to get behind the wheel every day after consuming alcohol or drugs, selfishly putting the lives of others on the road in serious danger. A recent car accident in Manhattan that left several people injured seems to have been caused by a drunk driver.