This time of year can be extremely hazardous on the roads because of the holiday traffic. People are rushing to finish holiday shopping, leaving town for the holidays, or simply trying to get to and from work as they do every other day of the year. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year where we see an increase in drunk driving incidents. Sadly, deaths from alcohol-impaired driving accidents increased from 2015 to 2016. According to the NHTSA, 10,497 people lost their lives in DUI accidents during 2016. California had the second highest number of DUI fatalities in the nation with 1,059 deaths in 2016. Now that the holidays are upon us, the chance of being involved in a drunk driving accident increases.
Drunk drivers cause millions of dollars in property damage and personal injury damages each year in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 lives were lost during 2016 because of drunk driving accidents, which was a slight increase from the previous year. This means that someone lost their lives in an alcohol-impaired driving accident every 50 minutes during 2016. California had the second highest number of DUI accident fatalities in 2016 with 1,059 deaths.
Drunk and drugged drivers pose a real and deadly threat to everyone on the road. Drivers using alcohol or drugs have a higher risk of being involved in a traffic accident due to their impaired abilities. Because you cannot stop everyone from getting behind the wheel when they are drunk or drugged, you need to know the signs of an impaired driver so you can report the suspected driver to the police and get out of his way.
According to ABC7 News, an alleged DUI accident resulted in the death of a passenger. The driver, who may have been impaired at the time of the crash, ran into a power pole in Vernon last week. The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Vernon Avenue. The driver suffered serious injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. The passenger was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Beer bottles were seen in the road near the wrecked vehicle.
In a tragic DUI accident near Hanford last week, a thirteen-year-old boy along with his father and mother were killed. The teenager and his father died at the scene while mother passed away after arriving at the hospital. According to a sibling, “with a snap of a finger,” the family of six is now a family of three. According to reports, the family was returning from the son’s basketball practice in Fresno when the car they were riding in was struck. A 1992 Chevy pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection of Idaho Avenue and Highway 43. The crash was still under investigation, but the California Highway Patrol said that the 42-year old driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He could face multiple felony charges once he is released from the hospital.
According to a report by the Ventura County Star, Alayna Monroe appeared in court or an arraignment related to a New Year’s Day crash that resulted in a fatality and several injuries. The court continued her arraignment until March 23. Monroe faces a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two other charges related to bodily injury. On the morning of January 1 just after two o’clock, police allege that Monroe was driving south on Sycamore Drive with her wife, Los Angeles police officer Heather Monroe, when she ran a red light at the intersection with Cochran Street colliding with another vehicle. Monroe’s wife was killed because of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver and the passenger in the other vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
According to a Your Central Valley report by Eric Luttrell, the victim in a DUI accident was identified as a 59-year old man from Kerman. The crash occurred on Jensen between Grantland and Chateau Fresno. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with felony DUI as a result of the crash. In addition to impaired driving, investigators said that the dense fog might have also contributed to the traffic accident.
The Fresno Bee reported that a driver was convicted of murder after a DUI accident in 2010. Cesar Gonzalez Moreno pleaded no contest to a murder charge related to the DUI accident on Thanksgiving Day 2010. His blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit when he caused to separate collisions on Highway 180 and Highway 99 that day. Moreno is scheduled to be sentenced on December 7. He could serve up to 21 years in prison.
A 47-year old man was killed in an alleged DUI accident that occurred on Highway 41 just north of the North Fork turnoff in Madera County. The driver of the other vehicle, a pregnant woman, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, and felony DUI. According to one report, the driver’s