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Drunk Driver Kills Corrections Officer in Tragic Pasco County, Florida Collision

December 26, 2019

PASCO COUNTY, FL- writes that a drunk driver caused a fatal crash in Pasco County earlier this week. Police arrested the driver, a 36-year-old man, for DUI Manslaughter and DUI Property Damage. The suspect was operating a landscaping truck and veered off the road onto the shoulder before overcorrecting and driving into oncoming traffic.*

The truck struck a 2010 Honda vehicle head-on. The 30-year-old corrections officer driving the Honda died at the scene of the accident. 

Police say that the man driving the truck refused field sobriety tests and blood samples and was combative with the officers at the scene. 

The suspect is now being held at the Pasco County Jail. 

Drunk driving is a severe problem in the United States, even though rates declined significantly over the past few decades. In 2017, an alcohol-related crash killed one person on average every 48 minutes throughout the country. In 1985, 41 percent of deadly crashes involved a drunk driver. Last year, 29 percent of crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver. In total, more than 10,000 people lost their lives in these accidents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida has more drunk drivers than the national average. More Florida drivers self-reported having driven drunk in the last 30 days than the number of drivers nationally who admit to driving under the influence during the same period of time. 

Efforts to curb the rate of drunk drivers involve a variety of approaches, including traffic laws, sobriety checkpoints, media and education efforts, and use of ignition interlock devices. While these strategies are successful in reducing drunk driving episodes, many people still get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

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