Drunk Driver Crashes into Patrol Car in Lakeland, Florida
LAKELAND, FL- Wctv.tv writes that a woman driving a pickup truck crashed into a police vehicle in Lakeland, Florida, this week. Police arrested the 46-year-old woman following the incident and charged her with driving under the influence.*
Reports indicate that the woman was driving on Lakeland Road in the opposite direction of two police patrol cars. The driver began to swerve and drive erratically and then entered oncoming traffic. The first police vehicle was able to avoid the collision, but the woman struck the second car head-on. The two officers in the vehicle suffered injuries in the wreck and were transported to an area hospital.
Another driver ended up veering off the road and into a ditch in an effort to avoid striking the vehicles in a secondary collision. The suspect’s blood-alcohol level was found to be .145 percent and .151 percent. The legal limit in Florida is .08 percent, and any driver with a blood-alcohol level of that or higher will be presumed impaired.
Drunk drivers cause around 29 percent of all fatal collisions in the United States. Florida has slightly higher rates of drunk drivers than the national average. While the number of impaired motorists has been on the decline, these drivers still kill more than ten thousand people across the country every year. When a person plans to attend a social event that involves alcohol, it is important to plan ahead with a way to get home safely. Having a designated driver, taking a cab, or using a ride-share are all good choices.
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Sources:https://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Woman-charged-with-DUI-after-crash-with-patrol-car-567419061.html and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/Drunk_Driving_in_FL.pdf and https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving