Tragic Drunk Driving Crash Reported on Robinwood Road in Catawba County, North Carolina (NC)
CATAWBA COUNTY, NC- Wbtv.com writes that a motorcyclist died in a collision in Hickory this week. The tragic crash took place on Robinwood Road close to Grier Street when a driver operating a 1999 Ford Escort tried to turn left into a driveway. The motorist entered the path of a Honda Nighthawk motorcycle, causing the deadly wreck.*
The 50-year-old man on the motorcycle was killed in the accident. Police later arrested the 23-year-old driver and charged her for driving while impaired and felony death by motor vehicle.
North Carolina ranks seventh in the nation when it comes to the states with the worst records for drunk driving. South Carolina came in just behind North Carolina in eighth place.
The recent study looked into per capita deaths as well as per capita arrests for drunk driving. In total, 27,915 people were arrested in 2018 for driving under the influence in North Carolina. In South Carolina, 15,188 motorists were arrested for driving drunk. Nearly one in three traffic deaths in North Carolina were the result of drunk drivers, and a total of 421 people lost their lives in collisions caused by drunk motorists in the state in 2018.
Nationally, alcohol is a factor in 30 traffic deaths every day, totaling more than 10,000 fatalities each year. It is against the law in all 50 states to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. In Utah, officials reduced the legal limit to .05 percent. Studies indicate that the risk of a crash increases for drivers with a BAC of .05 percent and that it continues to rise more drastically after a person hits .08 percent.
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