Drunk Driver Crash Reported on Blanding Boulevard in Clay County, Florida (FL)
CLAY COUNTY, FL- Actionnewsjax.com writes that a crash involving Clay County police officer ended in the man’s arrest this week. The deputy was involved in a collision at the intersection of Howard Road and Blanding Boulevard. According to police, the officer was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck.*
The Florida Highway Patrol was the first to arrive at the scene. The officers arrested the deputy, and he was transported to jail. The man had been with the Clay County Sherriff’s Office for twelve years.
Drunk drivers may not be as common on the road now as they were decades ago, but they still do a lot of damage and cost many people their lives throughout the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 30 people are killed each day by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. Annually, that number works out to more than 10,000 lives lost. In 2018, drunk drivers caused 29 percent of deadly crashes.
Alcohol causes people’s driving abilities to decline greatly. Thinking, muscle coordination, and reasoning are all impaired when a person imbibes alcohol. While the legal limit is .08 percent blood alcohol level, in reality, drivers lose their ability to safely operate their cars at even lower levels.
According to the NHTSA, no one should drive after imbibing alcohol, and should always designate a sober driver prior to drinking. Calling a ride-share service or taxi is also an option to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking. Hosts who entertain guests and serve alcohol should ensure that those people do not leave after consuming alcohol.
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