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Cyclist Injured in Crash on Jensen Beach Boulevard in Jensen Beach, Florida (FL)


July 15, 2020

JENSEN BEACH, FL- Tcpalm.com writes that a crash injured a cyclist this week in Martin County, Florida. The driver is now suspected of having been drunk at the time of the incident.*

The authorities identified the suspect as a 44-year-old man from Port St. Lucie. The wreck, which occurred in the evening, left the victim with severe injuries. Responders rushed the cyclist to the hospital. The individual’s condition is not known at this time. 

The accident happened in Jensen Beach on Jensen Beach Boulevard at its intersection with Northeast Sunview Terrace. 

The driver told officers that he was unable to slow his car down to avoid striking the cyclist. Police stated that the man’s breath smelled of alcohol and that he was not able to stand steadily, leading them to suspect that he may have been drunk when he drove his Ford sedan into the victim. 

The results of the breathalyzer tests indicated that the motorist did indeed have a blood alcohol content (BAC) that was above the legal limit for the state of Florida. 

Officers arrested the driver and transported him to the Martin County Jail. 

Alcohol remains a major threat to road safety throughout the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers with a BAC of .05 or higher present a significantly greater risk of a crash than do sober motorists. The chances of being involved in a crash increase more quickly once a driver has a BAC of .08 percent or higher. Motorists with .15 percent BACs carry an incredibly high risk of crashes and traffic deaths. 

While .05 is high enough to put everyone on the road at risk, only Utah has made this the legal limit. All other states, including Florida, make it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. 

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Sources:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/crime/martin-county/2020/07/10/martin-county-dui-one-seriously-injured-crash-jensen-beach/5415900002/

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/alcohol


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