Driver Arrested After Tragic Crash in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, LA- Wbrz.com writes that a drunk driver caused a deadly collision in Baton Rouge on Florida Boulevard and Green Oak Drive. The suspect drove through a red traffic light and struck the side of another car. According to police reports, the man stated that he tried to apply his breaks when the light changed, but that they did not work.*
The suspect was operating a 2015 Chrysler and was reportedly speeding when he struck a 2018 Honda Civic. The Chrysler then collided with a traffic pole on the median.
A passenger traveling in the front seat of the suspect's vehicle died at the scene. Two people in the back of the Chrysler also suffered injuries in the collision.
The driver's blood-alcohol level was determined to be .1 percent alcohol per volume, which is over the .08 percent legal limit. Police say that the suspect did not have car insurance or a driver's license either.
Officers arrested the man, who is now being held for multiple charges, including speeding, reckless operation of a vehicle, vehicular homicide, and driving while intoxicated.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the risk of a car crash increases when a driver's blood-alcohol level is just .05 percent alcohol per volume. The dangers rise more once the person's levels are .08 percent. In 49 states, the legal limit for motorists is .08 percent per volume. Utah is the only state where it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level of .05 or more. The IIHS states that in 2018, 7,144 lives could have been saved if drivers did not get behind the wheel while their blood alcohol level was above .08 percent per volume.
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