Driver in Lee County Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison for Fatal Crash
LEE COUNTY, FL- Nbc-2.com writes that a man caused a fatal crash in Florida and is now experiencing the consequences. The driver was traveling on Pine Island Road in the early morning, and when he entered the bridge that crosses over the Caloosahatchee River, he veered into oncoming traffic and struck another car head-on. The other motorist, a 35-year-old woman, died in the crash.*
The Florida Highway Patrol found that the man’s blood alcohol content was .103, which is above the legal limit of .08 percent alcohol per volume. Evidence from a local bar showed that the man had just left the establishment moments prior to the fatal collision. The court found the driver guilty for DUI manslaughter and sentenced him to fifteen years in prison. The sentence also includes a fine of over $7,000, and the man will never be able to obtain a driver’s license.
While drunk driving rates declined significantly over the years, these motorists still cause about 29 percent of all deadly car crashes. In 1985, 41 percent of crashes were the result of a motorist who was driving while drunk. Still, one person dies about every 50 minutes in a crash involving a drunk motorist. In 2018, 10,511 people lost their lives because of drunk driving incidents.
Although the legal limit in most states is .08 percent alcohol per volume, in Utah, the limit was lowered in 2018 to .05 percent. The National Transportation Safety Board has been stating for several years that states should be lowering the legal limit as it is currently too high and permits a significant amount of alcohol consumption for many drivers.
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