Drunk Driver Strikes Police Car in Escambia County, Florida
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- Wkrg.com writes that a drunk driver struck a police vehicle in a parking lot this week in Escambia County. The police vehicle was an Escambia County Sheriff SUV, and the Florida Highway Patrol arrived on the scene to investigate the incident. The drunk driver was operating a sedan just off of Saufley Field Road in Pensacola. The driver backed up and collided with the police car, which was responding to another call.*
Both vehicles were damaged in the collision. Officers arrested the man from driving under the influence.
Drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of severe car crashes in the United States. While the rate of drunk driving incidents has declined over the years, more than 10,000 people still die in these wrecks annually. About 29 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are the result of drunk motorists.
Sadly, these drivers often kill people who were not under the influence. Studies reveal that individuals who are intoxicated are more likely to survive traumatic injuries than a sober person. While people have speculated that drunk drivers are less likely to be injured because they do not tense up before a crash, this does not appear to be accurate. Instead, the reason that drunk motorists tend to survive when others die in a collision is that even if they suffer the same injuries, they are more likely to recover.
Driving while under the influence is illegal everywhere in the United States. In Utah, the legal limit was recently lowered to .05 percent blood alcohol content, as compared to the .08 percent that exists in the rest of the country. Some safety advocates suggest that this move would be the best way to prevent further tragedies.
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