When most people think of the biggest drinking night of the year, New Year's Eve, the 4th of July or even St. Patrick's Day may come to mind. Although there is no hard evidence to support the widely-held belief, bartenders all over America agree that "Black(out) Wednesday" is actually their biggest alcohol sales night.
An accident that took place at about 8:42 p.m on May 12 left one person dead and two people injured. Police said that a 32-year-old women had been taken into custody after causing the crash near Yorba Street and East Chapman Avenue in Orange. At the time that she was taken into custody, she was driving on a suspended license because of violations that occurred in 2012 and 2014.
Every year, many people are injured or killed when they are hit by drunk drivers. A proposed law in California, SB 1046, would mandate that all people who are convicted of driving under the influence install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.
As California residents know, drunk driving causes many accidents each year. There are alternatives to driving drunk such as taking a taxi or using a car share service such as Uber that might get more drunk drivers off the road and home safely. A study conducted by Temple University points out car sharing advantages to reduce drunk driving incidents.
On Aug. 2, it was reported that four men were injured in a single-vehicle accident in California. According to the San Diego police, the accident took place near the Summit Avenue and Summit Crest Drive intersection in Santee Lakes at around 7:30 p.m.
On July 10, a California man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for a deadly drunk driving crash early last year. The 26-year-old was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI in June.
Every day, a person in California or another state dies every 51 minutes because of an alcohol-impaired driver. This means that about 30 people die every day in this country in perfectly preventable accidents. In 2013, about one-third of traffic-related deaths were due to impaired driving with many of these deaths being of children age 14 or younger. About half of the children who died in alcohol-related accidents were in the same vehicle as the impaired driver.
Each year, some 10,000 people are killed in drunk-driving accidents on U.S. roads and highways. And while some of the victims are the drunk drivers themselves, many are innocent individuals (including children) who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.