North Carolina Highway Patrol: Alcohol Leading to More Traffic Accidents
ASHEBORO, NC. – According to an online news report posted by myfox8.com, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has been seeing more traffic accidents caused by alcohol in the state. One such accident happened recently in Orange County, when a man ran off the road on Interstate 85 and crashed.*
On the morning of March 7, a 62-year-old man from Asheboro, North Carolina, was traveling on I-85 in Orange County, when he traveled off the roadway and hit a guardrail. The man’s vehicle then went down an embankment before coming to a stop. Fox 8 and Troopers reported that the man sadly died in the collision.
Troopers are discussing the case publicly because they reportedly discovered alcohol in the vehicle during investigation and want drivers to understand the dangers of driving after consuming any amount of alcohol. North Carolina Troopers say they are seeing too many alcohol-related accidents in the state.
“Most folks think they have to get to the legal limit of .08 before they’re a hazard to themselves or others,” Master Trooper Brandon Baker, of North Carolina Highway Patrol said at a driver’s education course. “But it’s that first drink where they’re an impaired driver. This is a completely preventable situation. Anything dealing with an impairing substance. But it’s tragic nonetheless, and that’s why we take it so seriously.”
Baker pointed out that almost 450 people died in North Carolina in 2018 because of alcohol- or drug-related traffic accidents. He said this represented about 30 percent of the total fatal accidents in the state that year. Baker said that by the time Troopers become involved in these accidents, there is often little they can do.
“There’s nothing we can do to bring this gentleman’s life back,” he said, referencing the March 7 crash. “Nothing at all. That’s what makes it so tragic.”
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