Drunk Driver Strikes Truck That Was Waiting for School Bus in Port Charlotte, Florida
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL- Nbc-2.com writes that a driver struck the rear of a Toyota Tacoma leading to a two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Shannon Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. Police stated that the incident took place in the early morning when a 29-year-old man in a 2006 Kia Sportage was traveling southbound behind the 2004 Toyota. The driver in the Toyota came to a stop behind a school bus as the bus was loading students. The bus had its lights flashing, and its stop sign arm was extended, alerting drivers of the need to stop and wait for the students to board.*
The driver in the Kia failed to stop and struck the back of the Toyota. The man in the Kia was injured and was transported to the Fawcett Hospital. Tests indicated that the man was driving with a blood-alcohol level that was four times higher than the legal limit.
Police placed the man under arrest and charged him with driving under the influence.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 30 people are killed each day in drunk driving crashes across the nation. The numbers indicate a significant drop as compared to thirty years ago. In fact, drunk driving deaths dropped by one third in that time. Still, these motorists caused 10,511 fatalities in 2018, and kill more than 10,000 on average each year.
It is against the law to drive with a BAC of more than .08 percent alcohol per volume. However, the NHTSA points out that even below the legal limit, drivers’ ability to safely operate a car is compromised. The ability to focus is limited at .05 percent, and at that level, their judgment is also impaired; they are less alert and do not respond well in emergencies.
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