For many of us, uncomfortable situations involving drinking and driving happen all too often. Maybe your designated driver decides to enjoy a few cocktails, but insists he or she is able to drive safely. Perhaps a friend tries to convince you to have a drink or two when you know you need to drive home later.
Many San Diego residents are planning to travel tomorrow and throughout the weekend for Thanksgiving. In fact, tomorrow has been forecast to be the biggest travel day of the year by AAA, but a terrible winter storm may hinder the travel plans of millions of Americans, as flights are canceled and icy roads present car accident risks.
A 57-year-old San Diego man died tragically last weekend when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver. The man was reportedly crossing Mission Bay Drive in Pacific Beach when a Volkswagen Beetle driven by a 54-year-old woman hit him. It is unclear whether the driver saw the man before she hit him.
Two years ago, a woman who was driving drunk caused a tragic accident. At the time of the crash, the woman's blood alcohol content was reportedly three times the legal limit. She allegedly crashed her SUV into a vehicle that was pulled over and the SUV then rolled over. The woman was ejected from the vehicle in the crash and her fiancé, who was also in the vehicle, was partially ejected from the SUV.
This past weekend, a couple was riding their motorcycle when a tragic accident occurred. The couple had stopped to make a left turn, but the car behind them did not stop and collided with the couple's motorcycle. The husband was injured in the collision, and the wife was killed.
A California father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with a boating accident that took the life of the plaintiff's wife and 12-year-old daughter. The lawsuit alleges that the driver of the motorboat that struck the family's boat was intoxicated at the time of the crash, and that he is therefore responsible for the fatalities and injuries that resulted.
A San Diego police officer's pursuit of a suspected drunk driver reportedly ended in tragedy earlier this week. Instead of apprehending the DUI suspect, the officer crashed into a pedestrian who was not involved in the police chase, ultimately causing his death.
The friends of a San Diego graduate student who was killed in a hit-and-run car accident earlier this year have started a movement. The friends are seeking to have the driver in that crash sentenced to jail, instead of to probation as is currently being considered by the California judge presiding over the case.
While most San Diego residents would probably think twice about getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks, few would likely hesitate to drive while sleep-deprived. Yet according to research both new and old, both drunk and drowsy driving increase the likelihood of a car accident significantly. So why is drunk driving heavily regulated while drowsy driving seems to not to be warned against at all?
Last week, a San Diego man received a criminal sentence of one year in a work furlough program in connection with a drunk driving accident that left a young woman with severe injuries. The man, who reportedly pleaded guilty to driving drunk last fall, was also sentenced to five years of probation and a five-year suspended jail sentence that will be imposed if he violates the terms of his probation.