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Police Officer Involved in Greenville County Crash that Injured Three Children


January 07, 2020

GREENVILLE, SC- Wyff4.com writes that a crash took place late last week that injured three children. The officer’s vehicle sustained damage to its front end. Police say the incident happened in the evening and that the driver of the other vehicle is now facing charges for failure to yield, driving under the influence, and child endangerment. Police identified the suspected driver as a 29-year-old woman.*

The three children who were in the vehicle all sustained injuries in the crash. Responders transported the victims to a nearby hospital, and all are expected to recover. 

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children. In many cases, children killed in collisions are not properly restrained. Using a seatbelt or car seat greatly reduced the risk of severe injuries or death. Children in vehicles with drivers who are not using seatbelts are less likely to be using a seatbelt or car seat than those in vehicles with drivers who buckle up. 

About one out of every five crashes that kills a child involves a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. In most cases, children who die in drunk driving accidents were in the vehicle with the impaired driver. While drunk driving rates declined significantly in the last few decades, about 29 percent of fatal collisions involve a drunk driver. 

Drugged driving is now becoming more common as well. The legalization of marijuana in many states and the opioid crisis mean that more motorists are under the influence of something other than alcohol. This creates difficulties for police because testing procedures for impairment by substances other than alcohol are not as well understood.

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Source:https://www.wyff4.com/article/state-trooper-involved-in-crash-thursday-evening-in-greenville-county-dispatch-says/30339704 and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/cps-factsheet.html and https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/05/31/drugged-driving-deaths-spike-with-spread-of-legal-marijuana-opioid-abuse

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